Lebanon calls on France to support Syrian refugees' return to homeland-Xinhua

Lebanon calls on France to support Syrian refugees' return to homeland

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-07-03 23:14:30

BEIRUT, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Defense Minister Maurice Slim on Monday called on France to support Lebanon in returning Syrian refugees to their homeland, the National News Agency reported.

"We call on France to convey Lebanon's message to the international community about returning Syrian refugees to their homeland," Slim said during his meeting in Beirut with Joelle Garriaud-Maylam, a member of the French Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces.

Slim called on the international community to take necessary steps to support the Lebanese appeal for the return of the displaced Syrians to their country.

The Lebanese minister also praised the continuous French support for Lebanon and the initiatives to find solutions to its ongoing crises.

For her part, Maylam expressed her confidence in "the ability of the Lebanese to overcome the crisis that weighs heavily on Lebanon," affirming "France's permanent support for Lebanon in various fields, especially the military one."

Lebanon remains the country hosting the largest number of refugees per capita, with the government estimating around 2 million Syrian refugees.

The country has been suffering from an unprecedented financial crisis, and the presence of large amount of refugees weighs heavily on the country's economy and infrastructure.