Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam addresses the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Dec. 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand
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Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam met Tuesday with the president of the European Parliament and the head of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, calling for international support to address the unprecedented refugee crisis and security threats.In an evening meeting with Eurpoean Parliament President Martin Schulz, Salam said that the two discussed Lebanon-EU relations, especially regarding parliamentary cooperation.Schulz also updated Salam on the state of EU policy towards Lebanon and the Middle East. For his part, Salam informed Schulz of the most pressing issues in Lebanon, including the presidential vacancy, efforts to maintain internal security and stability, and the Syrian conflict spillover."As long as peace is not established, moderate forces in the Arab world will continue being weakened and marginalized," Salam said he told the Europeans.He said he also discussed with EU officials the possibility of resettling some of Lebanon's Syrian refugees in other countries, and the assistance Europe can provide to alleviate the refugees' burden on Lebanon. Salam said that Juncker was "well aware" of the situation in Lebanon and announced his willingness to increase assistance with regards to the Syrian refugee crisis.
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