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Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Visits Lebanon

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open eyes opinion {source: Sweden-ministry for foreign affairs}

20 January 2015
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Isabella Lövin visits Lebanon and Geneva

Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin will travel to Lebanon on 20 January to discuss developments in the country linked to the Syrian crisis with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and with various organisations.

During her visit, Ms Lövin will travel to the Bekaa Valley on the Syrian border to meet refugees and hear their stories.

Ms Lövin will also meet Minister of Social Affairs Rashid Derbas.

“Lebanon is the same size as Skåne, with a population of 4 million people. The fact that it has taken in over 1 million refugees obviously entails enormous challenges. Sweden is a major donor and during my visit I will see how we can best help those who have fled from the insanity of war and at the same time support Lebanese society, which is under enormous pressure,” says Ms Lövin.

On her way to Lebanon, Ms Lövin stopped in Geneva to meet Antonio Guterres, head of the UN Refugee Agency, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Valerie Amos, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The aim was to discuss the Syrian crisis and how the international community can best respond to increasing humanitarian needs around the world.

“The humanitarian needs in the world today are at record levels and there are more than 50 million displaced people, which is the highest number since the Second World War. Sweden is one of the world’s leading humanitarian donors and I look forward to speaking with representatives of the major humanitarian organisations about how we can jointly support displaced people around the world,” says Ms Lövin.

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