BEIRUT: Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced additional funds Monday to assist Syrian refugees in Lebanon and communities hosting them.
Kenny announced the additional assistance of $2.7 million to support the influx of thousands of refugees from Syria, as he held talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.
Half of the new contribution, which will be channeled through the UNHCR and UNRWA, will go to a UNHCR program providing food relief to poor Lebanese communities who have hosted refugees from Syria.
Kenny’s one-day visit to Lebanon, where he will inspect the Irish troops operating under UNIFIL, is the first by a taoiseach to the United Nations mission since Bertie Ahern in 1999.
The Irish official confirmed both Ireland’s and the European Union’s unwavering support to the sovereignty, unity, stability and peace of Lebanon.
Both Salam and Kenny voiced deep concern over the tragedy of the conflict in neighboring Syria and the serious economic, social, political and security impact that it has had on Lebanon.
Kenny also voiced his endorsement of U.N. Security Resolution 1701, the Baabda Declaration and the work of the International Support Group for Lebanon in helping the country through difficult times.