Kunz met Bassil as part of his official two-day visit to Lebanon.
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz announced Friday a wide-ranging joint declaration that will strengthen national ties, after talks in Beirut. Bassil also used the opportunity to call for a mechanism that would ensure Syrian refugees' safe return to their country.The 11-point joint declaration aims to improve cultural exchange between Austria and Lebanon in addition to tackling regional issues, such as the ongoing refugee crisis and terrorism.There are currently around 1 million Syrian refugees registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon, but the true figure is believed to be higher.Kurz expressed Austria's continuing support for Lebanon as it faces the crisis and pledged $5.4 million in aid to Syrian refugees.Bassil also called on Arab nations to follow the Lebanese model of coexistence.
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