BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman discussed the Syrian refugee crisis with the ambassadors of top world powers Tuesday ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York later this month.
A meeting chaired by Sleiman at his summer residence in Beiteddine brought together ambassadors of the five permanent members of the Security Council as well as the representative of U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and representatives from the European Union and the Arab League, according to a statement from the presidential palace.
“These countries will look into ways to support Lebanon economically and safeguard its stability and also help it cope with the growing burden caused by the increasing number of refugees from Syria,” the statement said.
The preparatory talks come ahead of a Sept. 25 U.N. meeting to discuss the more than 700,000 Syrians who fled the war next door and sought refuge in Lebanon.
Sleiman will also discuss the massive influx of refugees from Syria as well as regional developments during talks later this week with his French counterpart Francois Hollande.
Sleiman will head to France on Sept. 6 leading a delegation for the Games de La Francophonie in the coastal city of Nice.