Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said on Tuesday that Lebanon can no longer receive refugees without assistance.

He said that a political solution in Syria was crucial.

“Lebanese fears toward the refugees’ question could not be ignored,” he said and stressed the need to convince Syrian parents to enrol their children in schools and return to their country to invest in it.

The Minister, speaking during a conference on International Peace held by Carnegie at Phoenicia Hotel, explained the complications of the Lebanese situation, and reminded of the Palestinian who were displaced and hosted in Lebanon back in the ’50s and are still present here.

“The World Bank estimated Lebanon’s loss last year of USD13 million,” he remarked and called on the international community to find adequate solutions.

United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, who attended the conference, said that Lebanon and Jordan were the countries that received a large number of refugees despite their limited capacities.

“The UN focuses on the educational part for refugees,” she said.

She hailed the Lebanese government’s role in hosting refugees and stressed the need to support Lebanon.

“Palestinian crisis should be separated from the Syrian one, as we should separate between the political, social and developmental aspects,” she said and explained that people’s right to nutrition were non-negotiable.

Source: National News Agency

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Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said on Tuesday that Lebanon can no longer receive refugees without assistance. He said that a political solution in Syria was crucial. 'Lebanese fears toward the refugees' question could not be ignored,' he said and stressed the need to convince Syrian parents to enrol...