Ayrault and Mohanna pose for a photo with students at the Amel NGO community center. (The Daily Star/ Louis Baudoin-Laarman)
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Residents of the Beirut southern suburb of Haret Hreik, where Hezbollah enjoys wide support, witnessed an unusual spectacle Tuesday as a long line of four-by-fours transporting French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault rolled through the streets for his visit to an NGO. Upon arrival at the Amel NGO community center, Ayrault and French Ambassador Emmanuel Bonne were greeted by Amel founder Kamel Mohanna, who showed the delegation around the project. The French foreign minister's two-day visit primarily focused on meeting with leading political figures to discuss the presidential crisis and the Syrian refugee situation in Lebanon, a country he recognized has been hugely affected by this exodus. Ayrault also reiterated French President Francois Hollande's decision to host 3,000 Syrian refugees from Lebanon in France within the next two years, a number deemed too low by Mohanna.
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