BEIRUT, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Thursday that a recent international conference on supporting Lebanon will motivate Lebanon to assume its responsibilities by implementing reforms.
Aoun made the remarks during his meeting at the Baabda Palace with British Minister for Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly, the Lebanese presidency's office said in a statement.
The meeting came after 40 countries and international financial institutions on Wednesday took part, via teleconference, in an international conference on supporting Lebanon, co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The conference reflected the keenness of the international community to stand by Lebanon, which has suffered from the huge explosions that rocked the Port of Beirut in August and the COVID-19 pandemic, Aoun said.
"The international community is keen to support Lebanon facing its current difficulties and crises," Aoun was quoted as saying.
Aoun said that the big participation in the conference constitutes a motivation for Lebanon to assume its responsibilities by implementing reforms to achieve economic prosperity.
The Lebanese president vowed to implement reforms, adding that his insistence on the forensic audit of public institutions constitutes the beginning of the fight against corruption.
For his part, Cleverly said his country will continue to stand by Lebanon on all levels amid the several crises faced by the country. Enditem