Bassil, Grandi convene: For a joint mechanism to ensure refugees’ safe return

Caretaker Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Minister, Gebran Bassil, met Saturday with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on head of a UNHCR delegation, with talks centering on the Syrian refugees issue.

In a Foreign Ministry issued statement following the encounter, it indicated that "Minister Bassil detected progress in the Commission's position in terms of not obstructing the return of the displaced and starting to eliminate the obstacles standing in the way of their voluntary return; in addition to developing a joint mechanism to provide safe and dignified return conditions."

"High Commissioner Grandi expressed a greater understanding of Lebanon's position on the issue of return," the statement added.

In this connection, Minister Bassil had earlier met with US Senator Richard Black, with whom he discussed the situation in Syria and ways to create a political dynamic push in support of refugees' return to Syria. Black voiced support to Lebanon's position in this respect.

Source: National News Agency

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