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Kuwaiti speaker leaves Lebanon, promises aid

Speaker Nabih Berri, right, hands a gift to his Kuwaiti counterpart Marzouk al-Ghanem in Beirut, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghamin left Lebanon late Tuesday after a two-day visit to meet with top officials, including Speaker Nabih Berri.

Berri had received Ghanim at his residence in Ain al Tineh, where he honored the emir for sponsoring the donor conference in support of displaced Syrians in Lebanon.

Berri hailed the contributions of the Kuwait Fund and the Gulf Cooperation Council, expressing his appreciation of the country's "relentless pursuit to strengthen relations between neighboring states."

Berri called on Ghanim to "to strive for the return of our unity and Arabism" and urged citizens to maintain unity in the face of regional divisions, pointing to Iraq as an example of the dangers of fragmentation.

"Had Arabs spent as much money on developing democracy as they do on weapons, then democracy would have protected them better," he said.

For his part, Ghanim expressed full support for Lebanon, assuring that "Kuwait will continue to play its role in addressing the Syrian crisis."

Ghanim visited several Syrian camps across the country during his stay, telling reporters that “words cannot describe what we saw.”

He said the refugee issue was beyond a humanitarian crisis and it required the cooperation of all Arab allies.

The Kuwaiti speaker said “it is not just an issue of Syrian refugees, but also an issue of a Lebanese host that has taken on more than it can handle.”

Ghanim said that increasing humanitarian aid was not a viable longterm solution. He stressed the need to find a political resolution to address the root problems.

"Kuwait will not leave Lebanon in times of distress," the speaker said before he left Berri's residence.





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