Following calls by French President Emanuel Macron to mobilise assistance for Lebanon after the tragic explosion in Beirut on 4 August, Dassault Aviation has signed an agreement to support Lebanese non-governmental organisation (NGO) Nawraj.
Signed on 22 September at Dassault Aviation headquarters in Saint-Cloud, by Fouad Abou Nader, President of Nawraj, and Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO, the agreement calls for Dassault to buy and dispatch medical equipment worth €150,000 for a hospital in the Gemmayze district, which suffered extensive damage in the blast. His Excellency Mr Rami Adwan, Ambassador of Lebanon in Paris, Ambassador Pierre Duquesne, Interministerial Delegate responsible for Mediterranean Affairs, and Gwendal Rouillard, member of the National Assembly (representing Morbihan), who co-chairs the study group on Christians in the Middle East and minorities, also attended the ceremony.
“We were greatly affected by the tragedy in Beirut. Dassault Aviation has a long history of friendship with Lebanon. The country's air force has been equipped with MIRAGE III and several Lebanese nationals are loyal FALCON customers,” commented Eric Trappier. “Contributing to the movement of solidarity initiated by [President Macron] is an obvious choice for us.”