Lebanon prepares for UN meeting on Syrian refugees

Lebanon is getting ready for a United Nations meeting in New York next week to discuss ways of helping Lebanon cope with huge numbers of Syrian refugees who have taken residence in the country.

President Michel Sleiman chaired a meeting in Baabda Wednesday to discuss the preparations for the Sept. 25 New York conference to be held on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting.

The meeting was attended by caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, concerned ministers and security officials.

A separate meeting over the conference was held between caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour and U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly.

It is expected that the international meeting will lead to more assistance for the Lebanese Army and economy.

Lebanon is facing difficulties coping with over a million Syrians who have flocked to Lebanon since the outbreak of unrest in their country in March 2011.

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