Bassil after meeting Ayrault: We reject any proposal for refugee resettlement

Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Jibran Bassil, voiced utter rejection of any proposal to resettle refugees in Lebanon.

Minister Bassil’s fresh stance came in the wake of his meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, who visited him at Villa Boustros today.

“Lebanon is attempting to stay away from regional crises,” Bassil said, pointing out that Lebanon is currently facing numerous perils with repercussions’ risking our security.

Minister Ayrault, for his part, deemed French-Lebanese relations as “deeply entrenched and cohesive,” saying that Lebanon, like France, is currently facing the danger of terrorism.

“We are besides Lebanon in enduring the refugee crisis,” Ayrault said.The French Minister also called for finding a political solution to the presidential vacuum deadlock, stressing that “France cannot interfere in Lebanon’s affairs and take the decision on behalf of the Lebanese.”