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HARIRI DISCUSSES REFUGEE ISSUES WITH ILE DE FRANCE PRESIDENT, BRITISH AMBASSADOR

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met, at the Central House on Tuesday, with President of Ile-de-France region, Valerie Pecresse, and an accompanying delegation.

"We discussed the means of cooperation between Ile-de-France and Beirut, and we maintained that in France just like in Lebanon, capitals constitute the generator of economy," Pecresse told reporters following the meeting.

"We do support those generators," she added.

"We also discussed overpopulation in Beirut, especially that this city attracts the Lebanese and the refugees alike," she said.

"Moreover, we dwelt on the humanitarian crisis Lebanon is enduring with the presence of refugees, as well as on what we can do in support for construction in Beirut and for the economy," she indicated.

Hariri later met with British Ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, accompanied by Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) David Hallam, and Director for International Finance Rachel Turner.

Talks reportedly featured high on the Syrian refugees' dossier, and the means to help Lebanon bear the burden caused by the massive displacement of Syrians onto its soil.

Source: National News Agency