Lebanon and Estonia on Wednesday signed an economic agreement aimed at enhancing cooperation on private sectors, according to a statement by Beirut’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
The agreement was signed by Estonia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Andre Rondeau, and Nabil Fahed, Vice President of Beirut’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
The agreement is aimed at cooperating in the exchange of information, in addition to facilitating the work conducted by businessmen between Lebanon and Estonia.
Rondeau promised to facilitate the import of products from Lebanon to Estonia, while he hoped that Lebanon could also increase its imports.
Fahed noted that the trade volume between the two countries was still very low, promising to adopt measures to increase Lebanese exports to Estonia.
Edited by Yahaya Isah
Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,242
Lebanon has reduced general mobilization measures and people are gradually returning to their normal lives with malls and beaches opening their doors again.
However, all the businesses that have reopened are adopting precautionary measures. Citizens are required to wear masks and respect social distancing rules.
Lebanon has received donations from several countries in its fight against COVID-19.
On May 28, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) donated surgical face masks, goggles, protective clothing and other medical supplies to the Lebanese army to help combat COVID-19.
Lebanon’s COVID-19 cases rise by 13 to 1,233
Lebanon reopened businesses on Monday amid the general mobilization measures adopted by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
However, childcare centers, gyms, pubs, parks, playgrounds, theaters and places for social events remained closed.
The Lebanese are required to use a mask and other precautionary measures during work and while walking on the streets.
Lebanon postpones oil, gas licensing deadlines amid COVID-19 outbreak
Lebanon postponed on Sunday the deadline for submitting offers for the country’s second licensing round for offshore oil and gas exploration in five blocks amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the National News Agency reported.
The new date will be specified later this year, said the report.
“The outbreak of COVID-19 all over the world has devastating effects on the petroleum sector, leading to low demand for oil and gas and a sharp decline in the prices of these two commodities,” said a statement by the Energy Ministry.
The statement explained that the coronavirus hit the financial and logistical capabilities of oil-mining companies, prompting these companies to reduce their investments in such projects.
Lebanon launched in April 2019 the second licensing round for offshore oil and gas exploration in five blocks.
Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,220
Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections increased on Sunday by 29 cases to 1,220 while death toll went up by one case to 27, the National News Agency reported.
Director General of Beirut airport Fadi Al Hassan announced on Sunday that the airport will reopen in June.
“We are currently preparing for the opening of the airport by adopting barriers to respect social distancing rules,” he said.
On April 16, China also donated 3,000 testing kits and 200 manual thermometers to Lebanon.
COVID-19 infections in Lebanon rise to 1,191
The number of COVID-19 cases in Lebanon increased by 19 to 1,191 on Saturday, while the death toll remained at 26, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.
The Lebanese government has decided to impose a fine on anyone who do not wear masks outdoors as the Lebanese have been recently ignoring the precautions adopted to curb the COVID-19 infections, NNA said.
It is worth noting that Lebanon has allowed businesses to reopen in order to reverse the deteriorating economic conditions.
On Thursday, China donated another batch of medical aid to Lebanon, including personal protective equipment such as masks, goggles and protective clothing.
UNIFIL official says no change in agency’s mandate in Lebanon
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) spokesperson Andrea Tenenti assured on Saturday that there will be no change in the UNIFIL‘s mandate in Lebanon, local media reported.
“There has been no change in the UNIFIL‘s mandate so far. We work on restricting tension in southern Lebanon,” Tenenti was quoted as saying by Elnashra, online independent newspaper.
The Israeli UN ambassador Danny Danon said earlier in May that Israel wants UN peacekeepers to have access to all sites in Lebanon, adding the UN Security Council must be immediately informed of any block of their freedom of movement.
However, Lebanon‘s Hezbollah leader expressed his rejection to any change to the mandate of the UNIFIL.
Meanwhile, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab emphasized on Wednesday the urgent need for the UNIFIL in south Lebanon.
The Lebanese cabinet agreed on Friday to extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon for another year.
UNIFIL awards Chinese woman for exceptional role in peacekeeping in S. Lebanon
The UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) awarded a Chinese female major on Friday for her work to integrate a gender perspective into the military functions, the UNIFIL said in a statement.
UNIFIL Chief Stefano Del Col presented Major Yuan Xin of UNIFIL‘s Chinese contingent with the UN Certificate of Recognition award on behalf of the UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
“I am particularly pleased to recognize the achievements of Maj Xin today in her role in the area of demining, a vital component of operational effectiveness and protection of civilian,” Del Col said.
Del Col made the statement on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers held at the UNIFIL‘s headquarters in Naqoura, which paid tribute to the contribution of uniformed and civilian personnel and honored more than 3,900 peacekeepers who lost their lives serving under the UN flag around the world since 1948.
This year, the UN peacekeeper’s day marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security and commemorates the key role of women in peacekeeping.
“I would like to express my great pride for the immense contribution of female peacekeepers at UNIFIL,” said Major General Del Col.
He commended all UNIFIL personnel for their “exceptional service and hard work” in ensuring that the UN Mission continues to carry out its operational activities 24/7 and delivers on its mandate even under “these most trying of circumstances.”
“This year, the challenges and threats faced by our peacekeepers are even greater than ever. Despite the risk of COVID-19, they are continuing their operations and supporting the governments and the local populations,” he said.
In December 2002, the UN General Assembly designated May 29 as the International Day of UN Peacekeepers in order to pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and courage of all the men and women serving in uniform and as civilians in UN peacekeeping operations, and honor the memory of those who have lost their lives for peace.
The global theme of this year’s observance is “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace.”
Lebanon’s COVID-19 infections rise to 1,172
Lebanon’s COVID-19 infections increased on Friday by four cases to 1,172 while the death toll remained unchanged at 26, the National News Agency reported.
The Lebanese cabinet has imposed a few days ago a fine of 50,000 Lebanese pounds (33 U.S. dollars) on those who do not wear masks while walking on the streets or using public transportation.
People enjoy swimming at seaside of Beirut, Lebanon
People enjoy swimming at the seaside of Beirut, Lebanon, May 28, 2020. (Photo by Bilal Jawich/Xinhua)
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