Lebanese PM demands EU’s support for Syrian refugees

Syrian Refugees Lebanon have faced a number of crises in the recent past. The most recent wave of violence has been in the eastern part of the country. File photo

ARA News

Beirut, Lebanon  –Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam demanded the European Commissioner and the European Union countries to help Lebanon bear the burden of Syrian refugees by launching a programme to move “large numbers of them to other countries.”

Salam pointed out that European allowances for the next two years must be spent on the structural development in Lebanon, considering that “supporting certain projects in deprived societies can reduce social tensions and maintain stability.”

According to the Lebanese News Agency, Salam asked the commissioner and the EU to increase assistance provided to Lebanon to maintain the required stability in the country.

Salam’s statement came during a meeting to sign a memorandum of understanding of the financial priorities and allowances between the EU and Lebanon between 2014 and 2016.

Earlier this week, the Lebanese PM issued a decision to increase control of the Syrian-Lebanese border “in order to eliminate the flux of Syrian refugees into Lebanon”.

“We must keep monitoring refugees on Lebanese land and implement the labour law concerning non-Lebanese employees as well as prepare Lebanon’s work paper for the international conference convened in Berlin on October 27th,” he said.

Salam mentioned these points during a meeting with the Syrian Refugee Committee, which was attended by the Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Interior Minister Nihad Mashnouq, Labour Minister Siga’n Qazi and Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas.


Reporting by: Adel Hassan

Source: ARA News

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