Bassil Slams U.S. on UNRWA: We Won't Accept Naturalization, Partitioning

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Sunday blasted a U.S. decision to halt funding for the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, while stressing that Lebanon will not accept “naturalization or partitioning.”

“What does the 'deal of the century' has in store after Jerusalem was recognized as Israel's capital, the approval of the Jewish nation-state law and most recently halting funds for UNRWA to abolish the right to return? Refugees, displacement, integration, segregation and transfer!” Bassil tweeted.

And calling Israel a “one-sided state that rejects the other and seeks to create neighboring one-sided entities,” the minister and leader of the Free Patriotic Movement underscored that Lebanon will not accept the “naturalization” of Palestinian refugees on its soil, the “partitioning” of the country, or “a deal that would end the era of diversity.”

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