Macaron: We want to hold a conference in Lebanon on the return of refugees to Syria

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France wants to organize a conference in Lebanon in early 2018 on the return of refugees to Syria and another in Paris on international investments in Lebanon, French President Emmanuel Macaron said Friday after meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

McCron said he would like to organize a conference in the first semester of 2018 “on the return of refugees to their countries, including the host countries of the refugees in the region, so that this issue is fully taken into account in stabilizing Syria and the whole region.”

The French presidency explained that this conference could be held in Beirut.

“The issue of refugees is very difficult for Lebanon because it has a great deal of weight on the economy, the environment and security,” said the Lebanese prime minister, who receives more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees.

On the occasion of the conference on investment in Lebanon, Paris wants to be invited by the most prominent international investors, led by the World Bank. The French president also announced that on September 25, he will receive his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun on a state visit “the first since my election, On the relationship “between Lebanon and France, and this visit will be the first, also for Aoun, since his election as president.

In response to a question about the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the talks on Syria, the Elysee reiterated that France considers that the departure of the Syrian president is no longer a “precondition” for the dialogue.