(The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Thursday of impending economic disaster if the problem of Syrian refugees is not solved soon.The Lebanese government estimates that around 1.5 million Syrian refugees live in the country in deteriorating economic conditions – which Lebanon was already suffering from prior to the refugee crisis. One million Syrian refugees are registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon.A ministerial committee on refugee affairs, headed by Hariri, held a meeting at the Grand Serail Wednesday in an attempt to draft the government's policy to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis.Hariri said that his government was adopting a new approach to deal with the international community and enhance local infrastructure. Turning to the 2017 draft budget, the prime minister said that the government was set to complete discussions on the matter Friday or next week at the latest.The prime minister underlined the need to reduce production costs, increase competitiveness and improve the business climate.
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