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Hollande holds phone talks with Lebanese president on Syrian refugees

English.news.cn   2013-04-02 03:43:54            

PARIS, April 1 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande spoke on the phone to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman, discussing Syrian refugees issues, said a statement released Monday by the presidency's office.

"While Lebanon suffers the consequences of the Syrian crisis, particularly with a presence of a large number of Syrian refugees, the President stressed the urgency of mobilizing the international community to help Lebanon cope with this influx," the statement said.

The French president also reminded his Lebanese counterpart that France stands beside him in his efforts to preserve Lebanon's stability and welcomed in particular the Baabda statement adopted in June, 2012 by all Lebanese political forces.

Hollande reiterated his support for the Lebanese leader's policy on dealing with the Syrian crisis.

"France is alongside Lebanon to defend the continuity of institutions, the independence, integrity and stability of the country," the statement added.

The French president also hailed the effort by President Suleiman to form a new government and prepare for next elections.

Syria has been witnessing unrest for over two years, forcing thousands of its nationals fleeing to neighboring countries.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Monday that as many as 48,000 Syrians were forced to leave their war-torn country and seek shelter in Lebanon in March.

Lebanon has submitted a plan that appeals for offering a financial aid of 370 million U.S. dollars to help the country deal with the Syrian refugees.

Editor: yan
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