BEIRUT: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed Lebanon’s efforts to confront the spillover of the Syrian crisis to the country, according to remarks published Tuesday.
Lebanon is confronting the pressures caused by the turmoil in the neighboring country “outstandingly” the U.N. chief told the An-Nahar daily.
Ban also said that the international community was unified over maintaining Lebanon’s stability and will provide support to help deal with its problems.
Ban added that that an international support group was established to coordinate the international community’s efforts concerning Lebanon and its needs.
Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour called on the international community to assume its humanitarian and moral responsibilities to help Lebanon confront the burdens caused by the Syrian refugees’ influx to Lebanon.
“The meeting of the International Group to Support Lebanon will enable the countries to cover Lebanon's needs and support its capabilities,” Mansour ssaid in remarks to As-Safir daily.
He added that the international community should be awarre that Lebanon is aiding the Syrian refugees despite its “modest capabilities.”
Lebanon has been facing difficulties coping with huge numbers of refugees in the country.
Over 755,000 Syrians are being aided by the U.N. but government officials say there are hundreds of thousands of more people that are uncounted.
President Michel Sleiman headed over the weekend to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting where he will deliver an address on Lebanon’s needs as world leaders gather to discuss the war in Syria and the fallout on the country’s neighbors.
On the sidelines of the international conference, a meeting of the International Group to Support Lebanon gathered at France's initiative will be held on September 25 to help Lebanon cope with the large influx of refugees.