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Lebanese president in France to seek help with influx of Syrian refugees

PARIS - The Lebanese and French presidents have appealed for international help Wednesday to cope with the huge influx of Syrian refugees into the fragile country and bolster its defense and economy.

 

President Francois Hollande, hosting Wednesday's ministerial meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon, said the strategic
country has taken in more than 1 million refugees with 50,000 arrivals monthly. Moral support, he said, is not enough. The United Nations, sponsor of the support groups, wants $6.5 billion this year to help Syrians affected by the war.

 

Lebanon also needs help for its armed forces to ensure security. Saudi Arabia announced $3 billion last December to buy French weapons for Lebanon. (AP)