Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi discussed with General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim on Friday the file of Syrian refugees, and the delayed formation of Lebanon’s government.
The Patriarch stressed the necessity of following up on the refugees file, noting that their prolonged stay in Lebanon makes the economic and social burdens even more difficult.
Lebanon hosts around 1 million registered refugees, a quarter of the country’s population.
On the formation of the government, the two men stressed the need to expedite the process urging political parties to “make sacrifices” in light of the difficult economic and social conditions hitting Lebanon.
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri was tasked with forming a cabinet on May 24. His mission has since been delayed because of wrangling between political parties.
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