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German FM visits Syrian refugees in east Lebanon

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits a Syrian school at a refugee camp in Terbol, near the eastern city of Zahle, Friday, May 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Friday kicked off a visit to Syrian refugee centers in east Lebanon, a day after he pledged additional funding in support of the crisis that has become a huge burden on Lebanon.

Steinmeier stopped at a Syrian school at a refugee camp in Terbol, near the eastern city of Zahle.

The German FM pledged additional 5 million euros ($6.8 million) Thursday to support efforts to address the Syrian refugee crisis.

Steinmeier said he hoped other European countries would follow suit as he acknowledged that the refugee crisis has had a profound effect on Lebanon.

“Lebanon cannot on its own bear the burden of the refugees, and I met with Lebanese officials today to discuss ways of alleviating that load,” Steinmeier told reporters Thursday at a news conference with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

 

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