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FM summons envoys on refugees

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, second right, meets with ambassadors of the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council in Beirut, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Wednesday summoned UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly and ambassadors of the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, to brief them on Lebanon’s new policy towards Syrian refugees in the country, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

Along with Plumbly, Bassil discussed ways the international community could help Lebanon face the tremendous challenges posed by the presence of more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees in its territory, with the envoys of Argentina, Australia, Jordan, Nigeria, Korea and Chile.

Bassil explored “what the United Nations could offer Lebanon,” as part of a UN Security Council draft resolution that is currently being reviewed on humanitarian aid for Syrians.

Lebanon’s foreign minister also had similar deliberations with consuls of other Security Council members, including Luxembourg and Lithuania.

Lebanon is struggling to cope with a massive Syrian refugee community which equals over a quarter of its population of 4 million people. Bassil is scheduled to hold a press conference on the Syrian refugee crisis and the ministry’s efforts to deal with it Friday.

 

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