Syrian refugee children play at a camp in Zahle, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon will urge the European Union Monday to do more to help minimize the fallout of the Syrian refugee crisis and to fund key infrastructure projects in host communities, Lebanese ministerial sources told The Daily Star.Three Lebanese ministers – Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Economy and Trade Minister Alain Hakim and Energy and Water Resources Minister Arthur Nazarian – will make the request during a meeting of the EU-Lebanon Association Council in Brussels, the sources said. The sources said that the Lebanese government wanted the remainder of an EU allocation of more than 130 million euros ($164.8 million) for 2014-16 to be used to fund infrastructure projects across the country.With the new EU appointments, Lebanon is hoping that the EU will revisit its fiscal policies regarding the country, according to the sources.
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