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Lebanon to seek $2 billion in aid for Syrian refugees

Lebanon to seek $2 billion in aid for Syrian refugees

Lebanon to seek $2 billion in aid for Syrian refugees

BEIRUT: Lebanon will request for $2.1 billion in international aid for Syrian refugees to cover expenses for next two years, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said Thursday.

“Lebanon will ask the [Kuwait] conference for $2.1 billion to address the refugees’ needs over the course of two years, provided that the financial aid comes directly to Lebanon and not to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or other U.N. organizations,” Derbas told local daily Al-Liwaa.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam will attend the conference alongside Derbas.

syrian refugees in lebanonKuwait will host a third Donors Conference on March 31 to raise funds to deal with the humanitarian crisis stemming from the conflict in Syria.

Kuwait has hosted other donor conferences over the past two years, which saw pledges of around $4 billion in aid, including $800 million from Kuwait.

U.N. humanitarian agencies, however, have complained that many donors have not followed through on their pledges, forcing the U.N. to cut assistance to millions of Syrians. (The Daily Star)

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