Salam speaks with Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas and Education Minister Elias Bou Saab during the Cabinet session. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam reportedly told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the naturalization of Syrians in Lebanon is out of the question.In an interview with the Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat newspaper published Monday, Social Affairs Minister Rachid Derbas said that Salam refused to look into the issue of giving Syrian refugees in Lebanon permanent residency when he met with Ban last week. Since the crisis erupted in 2011, the U.N. refugee agency has registered around 1.1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, while the Lebanese government puts the actual number at more than 1.5 million.
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