Lebanese President Michel Aoun at a joint media conference with his Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sargsyan, at the end of a state visit to Yerevan, Feb. 23, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Aoun Thursday raised concerns over high unemployment and the impact of Syrian refugees on Lebanon's job market, in a meeting with a delegation from the Press Federation at Baabda Palace.Aoun also said that the number of Syrian refugees in the country had reached 1.86 million. The number of those officially registered with the U.N. refugee agency in Lebanon is less than 1 million.Aoun also spoke of protests that have flared up across the country in the past months, as workers demand pension and salary increases.He said these dynamics lay behind his comment, made Wednesday, that Lebanon would be heading towards bankruptcy if it continued on its current trajectory. The statement, he said, was intended as a warning, to push people to take responsibility.Despite the current situation, Aoun urged optimism.
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