Grandi Urges More Aid for Lebanon's Refugee Hosting Effort

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri has met at the Center House with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi where talks highlighted the issue of Syrian refugees, Hariri's media office said.

“I was pleased to meet with PM Hariri, together with the state minister for affairs of the displaced (Moein Merhebi) to discuss the situation of refugees in Lebanon and the region,” said Grandi.

Highlighting Lebanon's “hospitality” in hosting large numbers of refugees fleeing the war in neighboring Syria, he said: “We fully understand that the cost of this hospitality is very high for Lebanon. I assured the PM that I would do whatever I can to convey to the International community that more support has to be provided to Lebanon in shouldering this enormous responsibility.”

“Unfortunately, the situation in Syria is growing more difficult. We know that the overwhelming majority of refugees in Lebanon and the region want eventually to go back home but they feel uncomfortable making that decision now, so we have to continue to be patient. I said this patience is not free of charge, we need to support Lebanon,” he added.

Referring to the upcoming aid conferences for Lebanon, Grandi said: “They will open opportunities to call on the International community to urge donor countries in particular, to support Lebanon, the country that has the highest number per capita of refugees in the world.”

Stability in Syria is key to help refugees return, he assured saying: “We need to make progress on stability in particular, this is what people are apprehensive about.”

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