Lebanese FM from Berlin: We Want Germany's Help to Return Syrian Refugees

Thursday, 19 September, 2019 - 06:15
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil revealed on Wednesday that 80 percent of Syrian refugees had expressed their willingness to return home.

Speaking from Berlin, he requested help from Germany in pushing forward efforts to encourage them to return to their country.

“We have previously rejected the naturalization of Palestinian refugees and we reject the naturalization of Syrians,” he added during a press conference with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas.

He remarked that the “right” conditions are available for the Syrians to go back, saying: “We are keen on their safe return and we have not received any complaint of any violation against those who have returned from Lebanon.”

More than 200,000 Syrians have gone back home from Lebanon, Bassil revealed.

Discussions with German officials also covered de-escalation efforts in wake of recent tensions in southern Lebanon.

Both parties agreed to commit to United Nations Security Council resolution 1701.

Bassil is on a tour of Europe that will see him visit England and Scotland. He will later head to the United States.

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