BEIRUT: Berlin will continue to provide assistance to help Lebanon cope with the huge number of Syrian refugees, the German Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid Christoph Strasser said Thursday.
“Germany has provided assistance to Lebanon worth 30 million euros during the past two years and it will continue to provide aid and host conferences of a new type,” Strasser told reporters following talks with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.
“We came to Lebanon to learn, through our meetings with Lebanese officials, about the real situation here amid the presence of more than 1 million Syrian refugees,” Strasser said on behalf of the visiting German delegation.
Strasser said he discussed with Bassil new forms of international solidarity and burden-sharing in relation to Syrian refugees.
He pointed out that Berlin has created several programs to help Syrian refugees.
Germany, he said, has received 50,000 Syrian refugees.
“Germany is the only country in the European continent and the world, after Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, that has received such a number” of Syrian refugees, Strasser bragged.
Asked whether he discussed with Bassil the idea of establishing refugee camps along the border with Syria, the German official said: "We did not discuss this issue, but we heard about this proposal, and it will be the focus of discussions during meetings to be held in the coming months.”