Foucher visits Shatila camp, confirms France's support for UNRWA

Mon 24 Feb 2020 at 18:52 Politics

NNA - French Ambassador to Lebanon, Bruno Foucher, on Monday visited Shatila camp in Beirut, along with the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Lebanon, Ashraf Dabour, and the director of UNRWA, Claudio Cordone.


In the wake of the meeting, Foucher confirmed France's support for UNRWA.


"The visit aimed to renew France's support for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, especially amid the economic crisis that has hit the camp residents, who are already in a crucial state," a statement by the French embassy indicated.


The French diplomat reiterated France's commitment to respecting international laws and agreements for resolving the Palestinian issue.


"We regret that the Palestinian issue is no longer a priority in recent times due to other political issues that concern the region," the statement added as quoting Foucher.


The statement also pointed out France's boosted support to UNRWA, with a contribution of 20 million euros to the Agency's global budget in 2019, not to mention the projects funded by the French Development Agency in Lebanon in the fields of education and water treatment, which amount to a total of 21 million euros.


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