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Bassil, Spanish Congress Speaker discuss refugee dossier

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on Friday started on official visit to Spain and met with Spanish Congress Speaker Meritxell Batet over the bilateral relations between the two countries, in addition to the Syrian refugee dossier.

Talks were attended by Spanish diplomats and parliamentarians, alongside the Lebanese delegation accompanying Bassil on his trip.

During the meeting, Batet renewed to her guest Spain's commitment to bolster ties with Lebanon, which she depicted as "the gate of freedoms in the Middle East."

For his part, Bassil lengthily tackled the dossier of Syrian refugees, whom he described as "war victims."

He reiterated that Lebanon could no longer bear the brunt of their eight-year-long massive presence, sounding the alarm on their settlement similarly to the Palestinian refugees.

"We do not want this to happen again with the Syrians," he underlined.

Accordingly, Bassil called Spain and the European Union to keep alert as the displaced Syrians might head to Europe to seek a better life.

He also expressed rejection of the current international policy in that respect, accusing it of "funding the stay of the displaced in Lebanon until it is time for the political solution in Syria."

"This EU policy does not suit us and we want the funds to be used to secure their repatriation," he said.

On a different note, Bassil said "we want Spain to constitution a station of communication between Lebanon and the millions of Lebanese abroad."

He also called Spain to take part in the offshore gas and oil-related activities in Lebanon.

Source: National News Agency