Lebanon - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (11.06.18)

Q - What do you think about Gebran Bassil’s announcements regarding the refusal to grant residence permits to UNHCR staff?

A - France, which is firmly committed to Lebanon’s stability and to maintaining balance in the country, hopes that the Syrian refugees will be able to return to their country and live there in security and dignity.

In this context, it calls on the parties present in Syria to work together to achieve a political solution and strongly condemns the adoption by the Syrian regime of Law 10 on expropriation which prevents the refugees from returning.

Pending the establishment of conditions conducive to the comprehensive return of the refugees, France will continue to support the efforts of the international community, which stands alongside Lebanon in the face of the humanitarian crisis.

It is with this in mind that we announced during the Brussels II conference on April 25 that France’s efforts to support the Syrian people and the host communities will amount to more than €1 billion for the period 2018-2020. France reaffirms its support for the UN, and in particular the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees in conducting their missions in Lebanon.