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MIKATI FROM PARLIAMENT: EU AID TO LEBANON UNCONDITIONAL

MIKATI FROM PARLIAMENT: EU AID TO LEBANON UNCONDITIONAL


Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati explained Wednesday to the parliament that the fresh aid package offered to Lebanon by the European Union is unconditioned, and that no agreement has been signed in that respect.

“I confirm that the aid is not conditioned by any prior or subsequent condition, and no agreement has been inked with the European Union regarding it,” Mikati told a parliament session devoted to discussing the aid and the displaced Syrians’ file.

Mikati stressed the necessity of full accord between the Lebanese to resolve the Syria displacement issue.

“The European aid announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the presence of the Cypriot President is a confirmation of the periodic aid the European Commission has been providing to Lebanon for years,” Mikati said.

“This European support is devoted to the basic services offered by the Commission to the governmental institutions in the fields of social protection, education, water and healthcare,” he explained.

“The Pre
sident of the European Commission has promised a re-evaluation of this aid every six months in light of Lebanon’s need. She also promised doubled amounts and European investments in Lebanon once the required reform laws are approved,” he added.

“We insisted that this aid be aimed at encouraging the Syrian displaced to return to their country and not to stay in Lebanon,” he said.

“The government has never failed to make the suitable decision regarding the displaced file, and the army and security apparatuses are assuming their duties to curb the unjustified displacement which is threatening the independence of our entity,” he underlined.

“What is needed today is a unified national position away from outbidding and accusations,” he concluded.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon