The Asian Infrastructure1 Investment Bank's (AIIB) Board of Governors has approved a new membership application from the Republic of Lebanon, bringing AIIB's total approved membership to 87. 亚洲基础设施投资银行理事会通过了黎巴嫩共和国的会员申请，亚投行成员国已达87个。 "We're pleased to welcome Lebanon as a prospective2 member," said AIIB Vice3 President and Corporate4 Secretary Sir Danny Alexander. "It is an important and historic commercial hub in the Middle East and we look forward to Lebanon playing an active role within AIIB." Lebanon will officially join AIIB as a regional member once it completes the required domestic processes and deposits the first capital installment5 with the bank. The shares allocated6 to the new prospective member come from AIIB's existing pool of unallocated shares. At its launch in January 2016, there were 57 signatories to AIIB's Articles of Agreement. In 2017, AIIB announced the approval of another 27 prospective members. In May 2018, AIIB announced the approval of another two prospective members. AIIB expects to continue welcoming new members in the future. The third annual meeting of AIIB kicked off in Mumbai on Monday with the theme "Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure: Innovation and Collaboration7."