BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea voiced support Saturday for the establishment of U.N.-sponsored refugee camps inside Syria in order to limit the outflow of Syrians into neighboring countries including Lebanon.
According to his press office, Geagea affirmed to U.S. Ambassador David Hale "that establishing safe areas inside Syria under international protection should resolve the situation of Syrian refugees [in Lebanon]."
Officials estimate that some 1.3 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon since the crisis its neighbor began in March of 2011.
As the influx continues, Lebanon has sought additional funds for the refugees, host communities and the government to help the country cope with the influx.
Geagea and Hale also discussed general issues concerning Lebanon, Syria and Iran in addition to peace efforts aimed at resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Hale met Geagea in the latter's residence in Maarab.