- Title: Steinmeier announces over 10 million euros in aid to Lebanon
- Date: 2nd December 2016
- Summary: BEIRUT, LEBANON (DECEMBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER AND LEBANESE COUNTERPART GEBRAN BASSIL ARRIVING STEINMEIER AND BASSIL (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER, SAYING: "I would like to assure you the continuity of our support in handling the refugee situation. We have decided once again today on (providing) over 10 million euros additionally for Lebanon." WRITING ON PODIUM READING (Arabic and French): "MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRANTS" (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, FRANK-WALTER STEINMEIER, SAYING: "If this war has been raging for five years, claimed 4,000 (he means 400,000) lives, and 12 million refugees have lost their home and their native country, and if this war now continues into its sixth year - then we have not done enough, and we must not give up the efforts to defuse this war. I emphasize the word defuse because in the current political situation, with the change of power in the U.S. politics, we cannot aim for the full political agreement at this stage. What we must succeed at is reaching ceasefire agreements, hopefully ending in a permanent ceasefire agreement so those who suffer abysmally can finally be supplied with the most necessary. Humanitarian aid is the order of the hour." STEINMEIER AND BASSIL SHAKING HANDS VARIOUS OF STEINMEIER AND BASSIL MEETING
- Embargoed: 17th December 2016 15:47
- Keywords: Lebanon Germany Syria politics aid refugee crisis
- Location: BEIRUT AND BAABDA, LEBANON
- City: BEIRUT AND BAABDA, LEBANON
- Country: Lebanon
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on Friday (December 2) 10 million euros aid to help Lebanon cope with the Syrian refugee crisis.
During a visit to Beirut, Steinmeier promised Germany's continued support and said that not enough has been done in regards to the war which continues to rage in Lebanon's neighbouring country.
"What we must succeed at is reaching ceasefire agreements, hopefully ending in a permanent ceasefire agreement so those who suffer abysmally can finally be supplied with the most necessary. Humanitarian aid is the order of the hour," he said at a joint news conference with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil.
Lebanon currently has more refugees per head of the population than any country in the world. Its refugee camps are hosting more than 1 million Syrian refugees, according to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.
During his visit to Lebanon, Steinmeier also met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. He also visited some Syrian refugees in a tented settlement camp in the Bekaa Valley region.
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