Lebanon lauded for role in Syrian refugee crisis

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Press Conference in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: UN

Few countries have demonstrated the generosity that Lebanon has shown towards Syrian refugees, the UN Secretary-General told journalists in the capital, Beirut, on Thursday.

The UN chief is in the country for two days together with World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim.

The two officials held a joint press conference alongside the President of Lebanon's Council of Ministers, Tammam Salam, and the President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr Ahmad Al-Madani.

Dianne Penn reports.

Lebanon is the first country in the Secretary-General's visit to the Middle East, which will also see him travelling to Jordan and Tunisia.

The mission comes ahead of a High-Level Meeting on the Syrian refugee crisis to be held next week in Geneva.

Lebanon has taken in more than one million Syrian refugees.

Here's UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

"My joint visit to Lebanon with the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and the President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Ahmad Al-Madani, shows that the international community is united and ready to offer its strong support for your country. Few countries have demonstrated the generosity that the Government and people of Lebanon have shown towards Syrian refugees. Syria's neighbours are a model for other countries and regions that have far more resources than they do. "

Mr Ban expressed concern over the increasing number of Syrian and Palestinian refugees who are living in poverty and resorting to desperate measures to survive.

He also expressed concern over communities in Lebanon hosting refugees, especially those in impoverished areas.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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