French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a summit Sunday to encourage other world leaders to help Beirut. The virtual conference was held response to the catastrophic explosion that devastated Lebanon's capital city last week. President Macron said the Lebanese people needed aid immediately and directly. He said: "We must act quickly and efficiently so that this aid goes directly to where it is needed. Lebanon's future is stake." The conference was co-hosted the UN and secured pledges assistance dozens of countries, including Lebanon's neighbours, countries Europe and Asia, and the USA. The international donors have so far pledged $300 million to help Beirut.
The European Commission promised $68 million to help Beirut. An EC spokesperson said: "As needs rise, we are providing humanitarian support to hundreds thousands the most vulnerable people." The funding will go directly to charities and UN agencies. The Arab state Qatar pledged the biggest donation a single country. It is donating $50 million, while Kuwait offered $40 million. There was also spiritual assistance the people of Lebanon. The head the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, made a plea saying: "We must all work the good this beloved country." He added: "I also renew my appeal generous help from international community."