Bassil meets UN delegations over Syrian refugees’ repatriation

Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, met Friday with Commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, accompanied by UNHCR Representative in Lebanon, Mireille Girard.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Grandi reiterated the UN appreciation for Lebanon which hosts massive numbers of Syrian refugees.

On the refugees' return to Syria, he said that the UNHCR is working with the Syrian government with the support of Russia and other states, highlighting the necessity of patience.

Bassil later met with UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility, Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes.

He also received Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong, who congratulated his host on the formation of the new government, and presented him with an invitation to visit China and participate in the Shanghai trade fairs in forthcoming November.

The pair also discussed the means to bolster economic and political cooperation, in addition to the importance of China's role in the region and in the reconstruction of Syria.

Source: National News Agency