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Lebanon seeks to establish refugee camps in Syria

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati meets with a delegation representing the private sector at the Grand Serail, Monday, November 18, 2013. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Monday Lebanon is looking forward, with the help of the U.N., to the establishment of Syrian refugee camps inside Syria.

“We are discussing with the U.N. ways to address the plight of the Syrian refugees in terms of the establishment of camps inside Syrian territory,” Mikati told a delegation of economic bodies.

Mikati also revealed that Lebanese authorities have adopted “new measures” to make border control between Lebanon and Syria more effective. He did not give further details.

He described Lebanon's stability and economy as "satisfactory" despite the neighboring war in Syria.

“The Lebanese economy is facing difficult days as a result of the deteriorating political and security situation in the Arab world in general, particularly as a result of the Syrian conflict and its impact on Lebanon," Mikati told economists.

"Together we make one team for the best interest of the country and the citizens,” Mikati said.

He urged the private economic sector to cooperate with the government in order to find effective solutions to the growing number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and ensure adequate resources for them.

 

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