In a joint press conference by Caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister, Gebran Bassil, and Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, on Sunday, Bassil declared that "the Economic Summit to ensure the return of the displaced has been successful despite all that has happened, and Lebanon has carried out its duty in organizing the Summit, which was an opportunity to activate communication."
"We call on the international community to assume its responsibilities to reduce the tragedy of displacement and asylum, to provide all facilities to find radical solutions, and to intensify collective international efforts to promote the conditions for the return of displaced persons and refugees to their homeland," confirmed Bassil.
"The Syrian refugees' statement is a victory for Lebanon and a gesture of solidarity on part of the Arab countries towards the host countries, and a recognition of their sacrifices," he added.
"The Emir of Qatar broke the siege on Qatar in a gesture to break the siege on the Arab Development Summit," Bassil underlined.
He also pointed out that "the Summit was marked with the initiative of President Aoun for development.
"We have detected a positive response to the notion of Syria's return to the Arab nation," disclosed Bassil. "There has been no communication with Syria in this respect and we do not know its position on this subject, but we express Lebanon's opinion since the return of Syria to the League is part of its return to the Arab embrace," he added.
"The Beirut Summit Declaration on displacement has preserved the interest of Lebanon and the Arab countries, and we hope that it will be adopted as a unified language for action to encourage the return of the displaced," Bassil went on. He deemed the Summit Declaration as "a victory for Lebanon and all countries hosting the displaced, and a solidarity stand by other Arab countries towards the host countries."
Source: National News Agency