Mikati calls for Syrian refugee aid assistance

May 11, 2013 at 1:51 PM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 11 (UPI) -- Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Saturday called on the international community to give his country aid for Syrian refugees.

Mikati has reached out to a number of diplomats to procure assistance for Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon, The (Beirut) Daily Star reported.

"This issue [of refugees] is a main priority for the Lebanese government, given its political, social, health and security repercussions on Lebanon," said Mikati in a statement from his office.

"Despite many promises made to Lebanon in the past, particularly in the [January] Kuwait donors conference whereby Arab and international assistance in providing relief for refugees [was promised], the Lebanese government has received little support so far," Mikati said.

"This is happening at a time when the number of refugees is increasing and the Lebanese government finds itself unable to cope with the increasing cost of relief efforts," he added.

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