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.
â€œLebanon will ask the [Kuwait] conference for $2.1 billion to address the refugeesâ€™ 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,â€ Derbas told local daily Al-Liwaa.
Prime Minister Tammam Salam will attend the conference alongside Derbas.
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)