British ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher, left, and Minister Elias Bou Saab attend a press conerence in Beirut, Thursday, May 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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On Thursday, Fletcher signed a memorandum of understanding with Education Minister Elias Bou Saab for the British government to provide 4 million pounds ($6.75 million) worth of schoolbooks to over 300,000 public school students across Lebanon, including Syrian and Palestinian refugees.Fletcher told journalists at the Education Ministry that he was inspired by the story of the Syrian refugee father in Zahle, Abu Ali, and his son, Ali, who was in serious danger of falling behind in his education. Bou Saab welcomed the gift and responded to questions regarding past allegations by Syrian refugees that schools were forcing them to pay for donated schoolbooks.
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