Lebanon's President Michel Aoun holds up a chart as he addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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The United Nations will help Syrian refugees returning to their homeland from Lebanon, the organization's chief told Michel Aoun Wednesday, hours after the Lebanese president lambasted international political approaches toward the Middle East.Aoun, expectedly, raised the issue of refugees in Lebanon and the need to separate a political solution in Syria from the return of refugees to safe areas. The president said Lebanon was hosting displaced Syrians, not refugees. Aoun displayed a map showing the spread of Syrian refugees from 25,000 in 2012 to more than a million in 2014 . He said the U.N. stopped counting refugees in 2014 but that Lebanon's General Security continued to do. Later Wednesday, Aoun met with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, where he presented the organization's chief with a plan for the academy.Aoun thanked Guterres for extending UNIFIL's mandate, while the two spoke about the refugee crisis in Lebanon.
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