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Kuwait pledges to rebuild the wheat silo destroyed by the Beirut Port explosion

Kuwait has said it will rebuild Lebanon’s only large grain silo, which was destroyed by the massive explosion in the Beirut port, raising fears of food shortages in a country already experiencing a financial meltdown

The Kuwaiti ambassador to Lebanon, Abdel-Al Al-Qenaei, told the local VdL radio at the weekend that the silo was first built in 1969 with a Kuwaiti development loan.

Al-Qenaei was quoted as saying that Kuwait will rebuild the silo now so that it will remain a symbol of “how to manage relations between two sister states that respect each other.”

The Minister of Economy in the caretaker government, Raul Nehme, assured the Lebanese that there would be no bread crisis in Lebanon, which buys most of its wheat from abroad.

A UN official, port official and regional grain expert told Reuters earlier this month that plans to build another grain silo in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest port, had been suspended years ago due to a lack of funding.

Humanitarian aid has poured into Lebanon, but donors have made clear that they will not save the country without reforms to tackle entrenched corruption and neglect.

The port blast killed at least 180 people, injured thousands and destroyed large swaths of the Lebanese capital, forcing the government to resign.

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