The UK Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel announced that the UK is delivering on its commitment to invest £160m over 4 years in quality education in Lebanon, a press release said. Compared to last year’s enrollment figures, the funding will contribute to getting 147,000 more children into public schools, while maintaining free enrollment for all. Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel is the first British Cabinet Minister to visit Lebanon since the new Lebanese government took office. On behalf of the British Government, the Secretary of State for International Development congratulated the President and Prime Minister, and called on the Speaker of Parliament. “The UK has delivered on the promises we made last year, reaching hundreds of thousands of Lebanese and refugees – now it is essential that the international community and host governments alike step up with the funding and reforms needed to complete the ambitious agenda agreed in London.
Prime Minister Abdulaziz bin Habtour sent a telegram of condolences to families of the soldiers who had been killed on Saturday in the terrorist suicide attack that targeted their gathering at Sawlaban military camp in Aden province. In the telegram, the Prime Minister expressed his sadness and showed for the families of the victims, accusing Saudi authorities of full responsability for the insecurity in the country.