Increasing cooperation between Syria and Lebanon for the return of refugees – Prensa Latina

The Syrian Foreign Minister, Faisal Al-Miqdad, and the Minister of Social Affairs in Lebanon, Ramzi Al-Musharrafiya, discussed this issue here and agreed to promote the voluntary and safe return of the displaced and to ensure the conditions that facilitate and encourage this process.

They also urged international organizations not to impede the return operations, according to a memorandum from the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The head of the Syrian diplomacy denounced the politicization with which some Western countries deal with this file, distorting the facts and putting pressure on the host countries for not cooperating with the Damascus government.

In turn, the Lebanese President affirmed that his government has a complete database on Syrians residing in Lebanon and that there is coordination to ensure the infrastructure for services, health and education.

According to the data of the United Nations refugee agency, there are about 5.6 million Syrian refugees, of whom about 1.5 million are in Lebanon, while most of the rest are in Turkey, Jordan, Germany, Egypt and Iraq.

The Syrian government confirmed the return of one million people to the country since 2015, denouncing that the blockade and sanctions imposed by the United States and its European allies impede the process of rehabilitating the infrastructure necessary for the return of refugees.

agp / fm

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