Minister of State Maria Böhmer has met the former Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Federal Foreign Office for talks. The meeting on Friday (11 April) took place against the background of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.
With one million registered refugees, Lebanon – a nation with only four million inhabitants – has more refugees per inhabitant than any other country in the world. Germany is helping Lebanon to stabilise and master the Syrian refugee crisis. Having provided more than 100 million euros since 2012, Germany is one of the key international donors.
The task is not only to meet the refugees’ immediate humanitarian needs but also to help Lebanese communities which have taken in refugees and whose resources have been overstretched as a result, either with the water supply or healthcare.
Growing religious and political polarisation in the region
During the talks, Minister of State Böhmer stressed that the growing religious and political polarisation in the region as a result of the Syria crisis would have to be countered. She said that it posed a threat to Syria’s neighbours, not least Lebanon with its range of religions and ethnic groups. Only tolerance and understanding could ensure peace, stability and prosperity for everyone in the region on a durable basis.