The European Commission is allocating 33 million euros for aid to Lebanon after the devastating explosion that hit the capital Beirut on Tuesday.
The money is intended, among other things, for basic needs, medical equipment and the restoration of critical infrastructure.
This is the first amount, committee chairman Ursulavon der Leyen announced on Thursday after a telephone conversation with Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
She conveyed condolences and expressed support to the Lebanese people. The two also discussed how the EU could help rebuild Beirut and the rest of the country.
Von der Leyen suggested the possibility of charting damage with European expertise and equipment. She also suggested boosting trade relations by offering benefits to the affected country.
The President-in-Office called on the political forces in Lebanon to unite to tackle the numerous challenges with a national effort.