Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab urged on Tuesday the international community to shield Lebanon from the negative repercussions of sanctions imposed on the Syrians, the National News Agency reported.
“We call on the international community to ensure that these repercussions do not affect the means of commercial and economic communication between Lebanon and foreign countries, and thus undermine our continued efforts to exit from the current crisis in the country,” Diab said during the IV Brussels online Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region.”
Diab noted that COVID-19 outbreak in the country led to the closure of thousands of businesses and the lay-off of a big number of employees, which increases the potential of conflicts between local people and Syrian refugees due to the economic deterioration.
The prime minister noted that 30 percent of the Lebanese live under poverty line while 55 percent of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are extremely poor.
Diab added that Syrian refugees must return to their homeland to reduce the burden on Lebanon which already suffers from serious challenges.