Lebanon Prime Minister, Najib Mikati said Beuirt was ready to expel Syrian refugees living in the country if the international community does not work to repatriate them.
Mikati said that Lebanon welcomed refugees from Syria in the past 11 years despite economic problems. “But we are no longer in that position. We are facing one of the most severe economic crises in the world,” Mikati said, lamenting that about 85% of the Lebanese people now live below the poverty line.
Mikati threatened to take legal means according to the country’s law to repatriate Syrian refugees back to their country if the international community did not work with them on this issue.
Mikati made the remarks during a ceremony launching the 2022-2023 UN-backed Lebanon Crisis Response Plan.
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Najat Rochdi, who was in attendance, expressed support for Mikati’s call for international support to deal with refugee issues.
Rochdi said that Lebanon should not bear the brunt of Syrian refugees alone.
Lebanon also appealed for €3 billion to address the ongoing impact of the Syria crisis.
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