BEIRUT, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati appealed on Tuesday to the international community for assistance in addressing the Syrian refugee issue in Lebanon, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.
The prime minister made the remarks at the ongoing 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
"I will ask the international community to support us in facing the displacement crisis, as Lebanon hosts a big number of displaced Syrians," said Mikati.
He added that hundreds of additional displaced people arrived in Lebanon every day and caused "an imbalance in Lebanon's economy."
With an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees residing within its borders, Lebanon bears the weight of hosting the largest number of refugees per capita. The presence of Syrian refugees has put a strain on Lebanon's resources and stoked widespread discontent among its citizens. ■