US says refugees can't return now, won't interfere in presidential file


The Syrian refugees cannot return to their country from Lebanon due to the inappropriate circumstances and the absence of a political solution, U.S. State Department Arabic Spokesperson Sam Werberg said.

The return decision must be in the hands of the refugees, Werberg added, in remarks to Lebanon’s al-Jadeed television.

Separately, Werberg said that Washington does not have any communication with Hezbollah and that the Iran-backed party is not playing an important role in the presidential election file.

He added that the United States will not interfere in the presidential vote and that it is up to Lebanon to take the decision.

Asked about the arrest warrant issued for Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, Werberg said the decision belongs to the French government.

Comments 3
Thumb 26 May 2023, 13:07

The United States presently maintains a military presence in certain regions of Syria, primarily due to their strategic significance in terms of valuable resources, particularly oil wells. Given their presence in these areas, the US has a unique opportunity to provide assistance to the refugees by facilitating their relocation to the territories under their control. If, however, the US declines to do so, it would be reasonable to expect them to assume responsibility for hosting the refugees within their own vast and largely unpopulated landmass. Additionally, it would be appropriate for Europe, as a global community, to share the burden by offering sanctuary to the refugees seeking shelter and safety.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 26 May 2023, 14:19

Take them then or give them Ukranian passports so they can easily enter the United States.

Thumb boulos1010 26 May 2023, 16:21

Send them home now!!