International aid to Lebanon for Syrian refugees

The contribution offered to date by the international community to help Lebanon cope with the influx of Syrian refugees to the country is not enough, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman said Friday.

A meeting at Baabda Palace was attended by the heads of mission or delegation of the Arab League, China, the European Union, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States. The U.N, Special Coordinator for Lebanon and representatives of the UNHCR and the World Bank were also present.

An international meeting at the U.N. General Assembly in September pledged $339 million in additional humanitarian aid in response to the Syrian crisis, including $74 million for Lebanon to support refugees.

The U.N. is assisting more 794,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and there are hundreds of thousands more who remain uncounted.

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