Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met with his Lebanese counterpart, Najib Mikati, and discussed with him the plight of the Palestinian refugees who fled from Syria to Lebanon, in Beirut on Thursday.
This is Hamdallah’s first visit to Lebanon since he replaced former PA prime minister Salam Fayyad.
The two also discussed the status of more than 500,000 Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon.
Tensions between the residents of the refugee camps and the Lebanese authorities have been mounting over the past few years, especially in wake of the presence of various armed groups inside the camps.
The Lebanese authorities have imposed severe restrictions on the movement of tens of thousands of Palestinians who have fled from Syria during the civil war there. Recently, the Lebanese authorities also decided to ban the fleeing refugees from entering the country.
Mikati told reporters after the meeting with Hamdallah that “Beirut was honored to defend the rights of the Palestinians.”
He said that his government was working with various international organizations to provide the Palestinian refugees with humanitarian aid.