Prime Minister Tammam Salam renewed utter rejection of any attempt to secure the permanent settlement of more than one million Syrians on the Lebanese soil, reminding of economic and security hardships Lebanon is enduring amid this massive presence of refugees.

“We have already warned that the lack of assistance to the Lebanese communities hosting refugees would shake stability and weaken Lebanon’s economy; poverty and deprivation are the first generator of extremism,” Salam told the 13th summit of the Islamic Cooperation Organization, held in Istanbul at the behest of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Fraternity and solidarity among ICO entails moral responsibility, which the Islamic countries must shoulder as well,” he said.

“We ask you to grant this issue the attention it requires, renewing once again rejection of any form of Syrian refugee settlement; their presence on the Lebanese soil is provisional,” he added.

He then held out hope that the Syrian people would reach a much-sought political solution to end their five-year-old tragedy, “and eventually live in a unified country.”

Tackling terrorism, Salam reiterated that Lebanon had paid high price to face this evil, recalling that a number of soldiers are still kept by terrorist groups.

Moreover, he highlighted the necessity to mull the inter-Arab relations, especially with the Gulf Cooperation Council, in a way that reduces sectarian tensions, and restore confidence and trust among Arabs.

Also, Salam broached the Palestinian Cause and the incessant Israeli aggressions on the Palestinian people, calling to revive the political process in a bid to reach the two-state solution, in reference to Beirut Arab Peace Initiative and Madrid Agreement.

Turning to the local scene, the Prime Minister did not fail to remind of the presidential vacuum in Lebanon.

“We hope that the presidential polls would be held in the nearest time possible so that balance returns to the constitutional institutions and so that a Christian president represents the country of the coexistence before international instances,” he concluded.

Source: National News Agency

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Prime Minister Tammam Salam renewed utter rejection of any attempt to secure the permanent settlement of more than one million Syrians on the Lebanese soil, reminding of economic and security hardships Lebanon is enduring amid this massive presence of refugees. 'We have already warned that the lack of assistance...