site.btaBulgarian Ambassador to Lebanon: Humanitarian Aid to Syria Sent Very Quickly
The Bulgarian Ambassador to Lebanon Boyan Belev told Bulgarian reporters that the humanitarian aid to Syria was organized and sent very quickly. The diplomat was instrumental in organizing the effort.
It was both difficult and easy to organize the aid to Syria: easy because all possible individuals and institutions in both Bulgaria and Lebanon cooperated, and difficult because it had to be organized in a couple of days, Ambassador Belev said. He was impressed with the speed with which the institutions in Sofia and the Lebanese partners acted.
A Bulgarian Spartan aircraft carrying close to 4.5 tonnes of humanitarian aid for Syria landed at Beirut earlier on Thursday after a three-hour flight from Sofia.
The border closes at around 1700 hrs in the afternoon, so the trucks carrying humanitarian aid will spend the night at a Lebanese Red Cross base and will leave Friday morning for the land border with Syria. The border crossing is about 1.5 hours away from Beirut. From there the trucks will continue to Damascus, which is about 40 minutes away, the Ambassador said. He added that he did not know how long the trucks would stay at the border due to strict checks by the border authorities.
The Bulgarian Ambassador thanked the media for covering this event. "This is very important to us because first, we are providing humanitarian aid to Syria for the first time, and second, we are providing it with the cooperation of the Lebanese authorities, which in itself raises the authority of Bulgaria in Lebanon," Belev added.
From Beirut, the Spartan will fly to Turkiye to collect medical teams of the Sofia Military Medical Academy, who have been part of the quake rescue efforts there for ten days now.