Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Charbel Wehbe, participated Thursday in the EU-Southern Neighbourhood Ministerial Meeting, hosted by Spain, under the chairmanship of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Neighborhood Policy.
The video conference was devoted to discuss the strategic strategy between Lebanon and the EU.
In his intervention, Wehbe underlined Lebanon’s keenness on the development of the Lebanese-European ties, exhorting the EU to contribute to securing the safe repatriation of Syrian refugees.
“Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis until today, Lebanon has been and still is the top host of massive scores of displaced Syrians, whose number exceeded 1/3 of Lebanon’s entire population,” he said.
“The reverberations of this crisis have become severe,” he added, indicating that 75% of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are below the poverty line.
Moreover, Wehbe maintained that “Lebanon holds onto the Partnership Priorities and the EU-Lebanon Compact adopted in 2016, and it highlights the necessity to assess the implementation of those priorities.”
In addition, the Minister stressed on the importance of regional security and stability.
Source: National News Agency