Syrian refugee crisis “requires a national stance”

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has urged Lebanese authorities to send a ministerial delegation to Damascus to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Lebanon’s al-Manar TV channel reported.

Speaking at a gathering in Beirut’s southern suburb, Nasrallah said the refugee crisis “requires a national stance that doesn’t yield to foreign pressures.”

Nasrallah’s comments come as Lebanon is under growing pressure to address the refugee crisis, which has placed a strain on the country’s resources. The Lebanese government estimates that around 2 million Syrian refugees are living in the country.

Nasrallah added that the Arab League’s decision to restore Syria’s membership after 12 years of suspension and invite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Arab summit next week is a positive development.

Hezbollah has been a close ally of the Syrian government throughout the country’s civil war. ■

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