Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Dan Kitwood/pool
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Lebanon expressed its satisfaction with the results of a conference of donor nations in London Friday that raised $11 billion for Syrian humanitarian needs over the next four years.Salam said Lebanon would continue its efforts to maintain dignified and humane treatment of refugees.Other steps agreed included the creation of an estimated 1.1 million jobs for Syrian refugees and those living in neighboring countries by 2018 .The conference also committed to getting 1.7 million children into education by the end of the 2016-17 school year. Among the biggest donors were the EU and its member states, which pledged more than 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) this year.Cameron, who was co-hosting the conference, said a "new approach" was needed to address "one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time".His government, which has agreed to take 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, argues that those displaced are best helped close to home and wants to support neighboring countries in doing so.
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