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HARIRI TO ASK FOR ‘$10 TO $12 BILLION INVESTMENT’ FOR REFUGEES

A few days before his trip to Paris, Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri sat down with FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman to talk about Syria, refugees, Hezbollah, and Saudi Arabia.

Hariri urged the international community to help alleviate the burden of Syrian refugees � over 1 million of whom are currently hosted in Lebanon. He said he plans on asking for 10 to 12 billion dollars of investment to meet his country's needs.

We say to Europe, to the United States, to the international community: there is a country that is willing to help these refugees. What are you doing to help that country? Hariri told FRANCE 24. If we build bridges, universities, hospitals, if we strengthen our electricity generation capabilities, our communications, this will serve the interests of the Lebanese first and then it will give jobs to the Syrians.

On Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Hariri warned that Washington and Paris are softening their stance and no longer seeing the departure of the Assad regime as a priority.

"There are forces which want to keep Bashar al Assad in power but for me it's not the solution, Hariri told FRANCE 24. The solution is to get rid of Islamic State group and Bashar al Assad. We mustn't forget that those who killed 700,000 Syrians was not Islamic State group, it was the regime."

Source: National News Agency