Hariri and Berri speak at the beginning of a session at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ali Fawaz, HO)
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Lebanese officials Wednesday rejected any potential talk of resettling refugees in Lebanon, the day after unclear remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump saying that refugees should be temporarily resettled as close as possible to home.Prime Minister Saad Hariri also expressed opposition to refugee resettlement in Lebanon.Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, U.S. President Trump thanked Lebanon and other countries in the region for providing humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.However, officials and lawmakers in Lebanon refused any words coming close to resettlement.Merehbi cited the low funding received by Lebanon relative to the number of refugees per capita.Justice Minister Salim Jreissati told reporters prior to Parliament's session that no refugee would be naturalized in Lebanon.
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