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    The international donors, which have been providing financial support to Lebanon to meet the needs of the Syrian refugees in the country, are experiencing certain fatigue from the situation, however, the European Union will remain committed to providing its support to the country, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — According to Mogherini, about 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) have been provided to support Lebanon after the beginning of the migrant crisis in the country, stressing that the support had been provided because the European Union was aware that the country had been managing the difficult situation.

    "Even though some of the [international] donors may feel fatigue, I don't think it is present among the European Union and its member states," Mogherini told journalists at a press conference following EU-Lebanon Association Council, attended by Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

    "Specific, concrete solidarity should be shown," Mogherini said.

    The top EU diplomat added that the Council members discussed the possibility of the voluntary return of the Syrian refugees to their countries, which would comply with the international law.

    The ongoing conflict in Syria has led to millions of people leaving the country. According to the International Organization for Migration, over 1.25 million Syrians were living in Lebanon in 2015, making it the country with the second largest number of Syrian migrants after Turkey and its almost 1.57 million Syrians.

    According to the European Commission March 2017 figures, Lebanon is hosting over 1.5 million Syrian refugees, which, given the fact it has also welcomed refugees from Iraq and Palestine, makes it the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, with every fourth person being a refugee.


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