PM Mikati asks Arabs not to forget Lebanon, but to preserve it

NNA - Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, asked "the Arab states and the world not to forget Lebanon, but to disassociate and preserve it."

Mikati's remarks came while representing Lebanon in the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait which started on Wednesday in the presence of Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, prime ministers and foreign ministers of a number of Arab and foreign countries.

He stressed that the Syrian turmoil had repercussions on Lebanon, confirming that "Lebanon needs humanitarian aid to solve the Syrian refugees' file, as well as to activate the Lebanese economy.

Mikati said that Lebanon has carried the biggest burden of the displaced Syrians, in terms of the numbers of displaced people or for the small size and population.

"Lebanon, people and government, demonstrated fraternal solidarity and sympathy with the tragedy of the displaced," the PM asserted.

Mikati said that the continuous Syrian influx affected the Lebanese economy, in which the number of Syrians has become a quarter of Lebanon's residing population.

"It is an urgent need to find a solution to this influx," Mikati asserted.

He called on the International Community to respond to the countries hosting refugees and seriously take the idea and set up safe camps inside Syria.

At the end, Mikati thanked Kuwait and all the other donor countries, hoping that efforts would succeed in reaching a political solution which would end the Syrian crisis and the Syrian people's sufferings.

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