President Michel Aoun during a meeting with President of the Alliance for Peace and Freedom Roberto Fiore and European Parliamentary delegation on June 6, 2018. (The Daily Star/ Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Aoun Wednesday reiterated his belief that Lebanon is unable to bear the burden of Syrian refugees, renewing his criticism of the United Nations' and European Union's approach to the matter.Aoun's comments came one day after the Foreign Ministry's political affairs director, Ghady al-Khoury, met with UNHCR's Lebanon representative Mireille Girard to voice Lebanon's reservations over the agency's policy on the Syrian refugee presence in the country.Aoun said he believed the refugees had exacerbated economic problems in Lebanon, adding that if the refugee crisis develops further, it will increase the number of displaced persons in Europe as well.The number of Syrian refugees registered with the U.N. refugee agency in Lebanon dropped below one million in November 2017, for the first time since 2014 .
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