President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, held talks, at Baabda palace on Monday, with Minister of Public Health, Ghassan Hasbani, over healthcare projects provided by the Lebanese state for the citizens and displaced Syrians nationwide.
“I informed the President over the latest developments regarding the healthcare dossier, especially concerning the World Bank USD-150-million fund for Lebanon’s healthcare sector,” Hasbani told reporters following the meeting.
Asked whether the Lebanese government would contact the Syrian authorities regarding the displaced Syrians’ issue, Hasbani said that this matter was an international one and that it didn’t concern Lebanon alone.
“We are in touch with all the concerned states, as well as with the United Nations which is concerned with the humanitarian file,” he added.
“There are tremendous terms and restraints which we abide by as a state hosting the displaced. Therefore, we are keen on working within the frame of these restraints. There is a huge role for the international community and the UN to play regarding the return of refugees and finding safe places for them to return to,” he explained.
“We are working within the frames we have agreed upon with the international community and the UN,” he corroborated.
Separately, Aoun received Sidon Maronite Church Pastor, Bishop Maroun Ammar.
He later met with Secretary of the Independent Nasserite Movement, retired general Mustafa Hamdan, with whom he discussed the current general situation on the local scene.
Aoun also met today with a delegation of West Bekaa mayors, to whom he confirmed that the Cabinet would tackle the pollution of Litani River and Lake Qaraoun, as well as the Mayors Mutual Fund’s issue.
“These issues are among our priorities,” the President stressed.
“We shall take care now of the towns and villages constituting Lebanon’s belt, and we shall work on providing their needs within the frame of a comprehensive plan nationwide; West Bekaa is one of those regions, because we want its sons to preserve their lands,” he concluded.
Source: National News Agency