President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Monday hoped that the international community will change its position regarding the return of the displaced persons to the safe areas in Syria, underlining that Lebanon is able to solve this issue with Syria, yet still hopes that it will be resolved through the United Nations.
President Aoun's words on Monday came during his meeting at the Baabda Palace with a delegation from the British Royal College of Defence Studies, which included a number of officers who are studying in said College and belonging to several countries notably Britain, Chile, Ethiopia, Luxembourg, Brazil, Japan, China, India, Uganda, Albania and Georgia.
British Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, was also present.
"The continued presence of Syrian refugees in Lebanon poses a direct threat, especially to the economic situation which is facing challenges that may drive them to leave Lebanon. They will then only have the Mediterranean sea as an option should their return continue to be obstructed," Aoun told the delegation.
In response to a question, Aoun underlined that "the situation in the south of the country is calm and that Lebanon is committed to Security Council resolution 1701 and to cooperation between the Lebanese army and international forces in Lebanon to maintain stability at the border."
On the other hand, Aoun received this morning former Minister, Mohsen Dalloul, with whom he conducted a tour d'horizon bearing on most recent political developments.
The Head of State also met with the "Baalbeck International Festivals
Committee" chaired by Nayla de Freij.
The delegation briefed the President on the program of Baalbeck festivals for 2019, extending to him an invitation to attend the inaugural festival concert by the renowned artist, Marcel Khalifeh, and the "Lebanese National Orchestra" to be held on Friday, July 5.
Source: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY