Lebanon News

Salam, donor states discuss refugee crisis

File - Prime Minister Tammam Salam leaves the Parliament in Beirut, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Representatives from the International Support Group for Lebanon met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam Tuesday, as they expressed solidarity with Lebanon as it faces the threat of terrorism and struggles to cope with the burden of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Talks focused on assistance for the more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon as well as ways to reduce the number of refugees and organize their entry. Discussions also touched on the security and political situation in the country.

Members of the ISG, which includes the U.S., the U.K., France, China, Germany and Italy, and U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly attended the meeting at the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut.

Plumbly said the ISG reaffirmed its commitment to promote international assistance for Lebanon.

“We welcomed the successful meeting in Rome two weeks ago on support for the Lebanese Armed Forces. We ... will actively look for opportunities in the coming period to highlight Lebanon’s needs, particularly in respect of assistance and stabilization efforts in the face of the unprecedented burdens Lebanon is bearing as a result of the Syrian conflict and the presence of so many Syrian refugees in the country,” Plumbly told reporters after the meeting.

He said the ambassador of donor states also “welcomed the understanding reached within the Cabinet to facilitate the government’s work.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 02, 2014, on page 4.




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