Polish PM visits Lebanon ahead of refugee donor conferences

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visits Lebanon ahead of a series of European donor conferences to support nearly one million Syrian refugees living there. (File Photo: Reuters)
Updated 13 February 2018
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Polish PM visits Lebanon ahead of refugee donor conferences

BEIRUT: Poland’s prime minister is visiting Lebanon ahead of a series of European donor conferences to support the tiny Mediterranean country as it hosts nearly one million Syrian refugees.
Lebanon says the international community must share the burden of the refugee crisis caused by the civil war in neighboring Syria.
Mateusz Morawiecki was received by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Monday for a working dinner. There were no comments to the press.
Citing security concerns, Poland’s conservative government rejected an EU plan to distribute refugees currently in Greece and Italy to countries around Europe.
Rome, Paris, and Brussels will all host conferences this spring to support Lebanon’s institutions and the regional humanitarian response for Syrian refugees.


Palestinian President Abbas hospitalized: Palestinian official

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Palestinian President Abbas hospitalized: Palestinian official

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized in the West Bank, a Palestinian official said on Saturday, providing no further details on his condition.
It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalized in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was released a few hours later and hospitalized briefly again on Friday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said.