Msharrafieh meets UNHCR representative: We look forward to greater donor support, incentives for return of displaced


Caretaker Minister of Social Affairs and Tourism, Ramzi Msharrafieh, tackled with the new representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon, Ayaki Ito, the conditions of the displaced Syrians and the Lebanese host communities, in light of the stifling economic crisis and the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Msharrafieh valued the cooperation with former representative of the Commission in Lebanon, Mireille Girard, and her successor, calling for "concerted efforts in the next phase to strengthen support for Lebanese host communities and displaced Syrians in a balanced manner, taking into account the sensitivity of the conflict in a way that prevents causing any harm or stirring up tension, while preserving community stability in light of the decline in the purchasing power of the Lebanese pound, which weighs on the host and the displaced communities alike, next to the excessive inflation and the economic and social repercussions of Coronavirus."

He stressed "the need to work with the international community and the Syrian government to prepare the ground and find incentives for the return of displaced Syrians as soon as possible."

For his part, Ito valued cooperation between the UNHCR and the Ministry of Affairs represented in the Lebanon Plan for Responding to the Syrian Crisis, and promised to exert "every possible effort to increase support to the Lebanese host communities and the displaced Syrians."