Wednesday, 19 March 2014
I thank Minister Rashid Derbas for receiving me today at the Ministry. I congratulated him on his new and heavy responsibilities. We had a very good meeting. I welcomed the determination of the new Lebanese government, particularly the minister himself, to follow up closely on the issue of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, their needs and the needs of the Lebanese communities hosting them and the government’s intention to form a joint ministerial committee to oversee the issue and its intention to ensure close cooperation with the United Nations in addressing it.