EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton, left, shakes hands with Prime Minister Najib Mikati in Berlin, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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France is working toward hosting a conference to assist Lebanon's economy that has been hit hard by the crisis in Syria, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Monday, after meeting Arab and Western officials in Germany.Mikati also said talks with various officials in Germany convinced him that the crisis in Syria was bound to linger for the foreseeable future.Mikati reiterated his country's concerns about the economic repercussions of the Syrian war on Lebanon, noting a World Bank report estimating the country had suffered $7.5 billion in economic losses since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011 .European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton reiterated the EU's support for Lebanon in terms of dealing with the negative consequences of the Syria conflict, according to the statement.
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