Lebanon calls for financial support from UN to host Syrian refugees

Xinhua , Wednesday 16 Mar 2022

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday urged the United Nations for financial support to help Lebanon host Syrian refugees on its territories, a statement by Lebanon's Presidency reported.

Michel Aoun
File photo: Lebanese President Michel Aoun speaks during a TV interview at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. AP

"Lebanon has suffered greatly from the repercussions of the displacement of Syrians since 2011, and the country is in dire need of urgent international assistance that contributes to alleviating the great financial burdens," Aoun said during his meeting at Baabda Palace with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

Aoun added that Lebanon needs not only humanitarian aid, but also development assistance to launch needed reconstruction projects to help the country reach sustainable development goals which require investment in people, especially women and youth.

For her part, Mohammed said that the UN appreciates Lebanon's efforts in hosting Syrian refugees and will continue to support Lebanon in all fields.

She added that the UN will support the Lebanese government in its negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, and for the ongoing preparations for parliamentary elections on May 15.

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