President Michel Sleiman, right, receives Finnish President Sauli Niinistڑ at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Thursday, March 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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President Michel Sleiman said Thursday that Lebanon could not host any more Syrian refugees, calling instead for the displaced to be returned to safe areas inside the war-ridden country.Sleiman called for suitable measures to be adopted that would allow Syrian refugees to return to safe areas in their country.Lebanon is believed to host around 1.5 million Syrian refugees, just under a million of whom are registered or awaiting registration with the U.N. Refugee Agency, UNHCR.Sleiman thanked the Finnish president for his country's participation in UNIFIL and for the humanitarian and social aid provided by the Finnish peacekeepers to locals in the south, while Niinisto voiced his country's readiness to participate in meetings held by the International Support Group for Lebanon.
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