Nadim Gemayel: Refugee Return Requires Coordination with Syrian Govt.

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MP Nadim Gemayel of the Kataeb parliamentary bloc announced Monday that the return of Syrian refugees to their country requires “coordination” with the Syrian government.

“The quick return of Syrian refugees to their country is a national necessity that requires us to directly coordinate with the government of the regime in Syria,” Gemayel tweeted, in a rare acknowledgment by an anti-Damascus Lebanese politician.

Tiny Lebanon hosts an estimated 1.5 million people displaced by the war in neighboring Syria -- more than a quarter of its population before the conflict.

Lebanon has seen its water, electricity and waste removal infrastructure strained by the influx of Syrian refugees.

Syrian refugees are a recurring topic in Lebanon's political debate.

More than 350,000 people have been killed in the Syrian war and millions have been displaced since it started in 2011 with the violent repression of anti-government protests.

Syria's regime has retaken more than half of the country from rebels since Russia intervened in 2015 on its behalf.

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Thumb s.o.s 10 days

Where’s your pride dude. You remind me of Saad Hariri in a very negative and pejorative way.

Thumb tric.portugal 10 days

How can remind Hariri!!!??? Hariri wants to build cities for the refugies in Lebanon!!! And have international support for that magnânime vision for the refugies integration in Lebanon...

Thumb roflmfao 10 days

No need to cities for the refugees in Lebanon anymore. The very strong very Christian President Aoun is secretly going to give Lebanese citizenships to all of them. This a new very lucrative Aounist side business and it will make their integration fast painless. Speaking of which, did you get your Lebanese citizenship?

Thumb whyaskwhy 10 days

Amazing facts brought out by this great leader...lol How can one not sit and admire such leadership? why oh why did no one figure out what Juior said here? lol
I always was under the impression that the return of the Syrian refugees would need to be coordinated with the Vietnamese government. Then again that's another reason why I could not be a political leader in Lebanon. I wait with baited breath to listen to the next epiphany young chubby cheeks comes up with. And its a wonder how Kizballah hi-jacked the government with such opposition?