Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, right, attends a joint press conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Beirut, Thursday, May 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Germany pledged Thursday an addition 5 million euros ($6.8 million) to support efforts to address the Syrian refugee crisis, with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier saying he hoped other European countries would follow suit.Steinmeier acknowledged that the refugee crisis has had a profound effect on Lebanon, the only country neighboring Syria that has left its borders open to those fleeing the war.Bassil reiterated that 50 percent of the people residing in Lebanon do not have Lebanese nationality.Bassil also insisted that many Syrians in Lebanon had not, in fact, fled the violence that has consumed the country for the past three years.Bassil and Steinmeier also discussed the threat of terrorism both in Lebanon and in Europe.
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