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Kataeb pushes for work ‘by all means’ for swift refugee return to Syria

Kataeb Party leader, MP Sami Gemayel, on Monday presided over the Political Bureau's weekly meeting in Saifi, during which party members discussed the latest political developments and the general situation on the local scene.

In a statement issued in the wake of the meeting, party members sounded the alarm on the simmering Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, deeming the efforts being made handling this issue very little.

This issue has become very serious, especially that displacement has now taken the form of settlement, which is an outright existential threat to Lebanon," the statement read, calling for an effective application of the Labor Law and the decisions of the Ministry of Interior to remove the refugee title from all of those who go back and forth to Syria.

The party also pushed for more efforts to work by all the available means to quickly repatriate refugees.

Touching on Hezbollah's most recent stances and the Arab reaction to them, Kataeb utterly refused any attempt at confiscating the Lebanese state's decisions.

Moreover, the party condemned the absence of an official response to Hezbollah's fresh position, and snubbed what it described as suspicious silence that would only consolidate authority confiscation and undermine Lebanon's international reputation."

The statement also highlighted the necessity of Lebanon's commitment to neutrality and respect for Arab and international legitimacy.

As for the newly approved state budget, Kataeb Party members regretted that austerity came at the expense of the pockets of low-income groups.

This will lead to increasing prices, hinder the purchasing power, beget economic stagnation, and raise the rates of unemployment and migration, the statement added, warning of the perils of poor state performance and futile attempts at deceiving the international and local communities with unattainable reform figures.

Source: National News Agency