BEIRUT, Lebanon, – Lebanese Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, FPM chief, Gebran Bassil, called for the adoption of policies that encourage refugees to return to their country, especially now that several areas were safe today in Syria, adding that any Syrian who goes to Syria, must lose his status as a refugee in Lebanon.

Bassil’s fresh stance came, during the inauguration of the second Conference of Municipalities, which was organised by the Central Committee of Municipalities in FPM, under his patronage, at Habtoor Hotel in Sin El Fil.

Information Minister, Melhem Riachy, Environment Minister, Tarek Khatib, Trade and Economy Minister, Raed Khoury, Water and Energy Minister, Cesar Abi Khalil, State Minister of Combating Corruption Affairs, Nicolas Tueni, Tourism Minister, Owadis Kidanian, and a number of MP’s, as well as political, economic and media figures and heads of municipalities, were present at the conference.

The FPM chief said that, any country deprived of municipal institutions was unable to form a free government.

Bassil pointed out that, the concept of municipal action aimed at finding a local administration that serves people and responds quickly to their needs.

Bassil added that, the municipality was a democratic institution, noting that it was necessary to think about means to ensure these bodies’ potential to allow them assume their responsibilities.

Emphasising the importance of administrative decentralisation, to avoid fall-outs of political clashes on municipalities, he explained that, decentralisation did not consist in full, independence of political power.

At another level, Bassil said that, Lebanon no longer supported the idea of exclusion or marginalisation of minorities, whether they were partisan or confessional minorities.

“Therefore, all parties are convinced of the need to approve a proportional electoral law,” he said.-

Source: Nam News Network

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BEIRUT, Lebanon, - Lebanese Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, FPM chief, Gebran Bassil, called for the adoption of policies that encourage refugees to return to their country, especially now that several areas were safe today in Syria, adding that any Syrian who goes to Syria, must lose his status...