The last time Trump and Aoun exchanged messages was after the resignation of former Lebanese Prime Minister Said al-Hariri in November 2019, when the US president sent a message to his Lebanese counterpart that the United States would be willing to work with a new government in Lebanon that “serves the needs of the public. its”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the time that the government that would be formed should be able to carry out reforms and fight corruption in the country. Since then, Lebanon has been in a political crisis, with many anti-corruption demonstrations taking place there.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Beirut on Thursday and became the first foreign leader to visit it since the disaster. He, too, called for reforms in the country and warned, upon arrival, that otherwise it would “continue to sink.” He further announced that he would organize an international conference that would mobilize immediate aid to the Lebanese people and assured the angry residents of the city that the aid would not go into “corrupt hands.”