Refugees and business on Polish PM’s agenda in Lebanon

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is headed for an official visit to Lebanon on Monday to survey aid programmes targeting Syrian refugees based there and to discuss business collaboration.

Morawiecki will meet President Michel Naim Aoun and his opposite number Saad Hariri.

“The visit is to serve as a token of Poland’s involvement in the assistance provided to the most needy refugee groups from Syria,” government spokesperson Joanna Kopcińska told the PAP news agency.

According to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, there are nearly 1 million Syrian refugees based in Lebanon, with some 267,000 living in the capital, Beirut, alone.

Another goal of the Polish prime minister’s visit is to boost Polish-Lebanese dialogue alongside strenghtening economic and development collaboration, Kopcińska added.

Morawiecki is to announce joint projects by the two countries, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Michał Dworczyk, told Catholic broadcaster TV Trwam.

“Lebanon will reconstruct and restructure its rail network,” Dworczyk said, adding that Poland’s “partners in Beirut have indicated interest in collaboration.”

Lebanon’s railway system collapsed during a civil war that ravaged the country between 1975 and 1990.

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