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STATEMENT ON DISBURSEMENT OF CASH ASSISTANCE FOR REFUGEES

Statement on behalf of the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon Imran Riza, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative in Lebanon Ivo Freijsen, and the World Food Programme Country Director and Representative in Lebanon Abdallah Alwardat on the disbursement of cash assistance for refugees ————– NNA – As a result of meetings held yesterday with the Caretaker Prime Minister, H.E. Najib Mikati, and Caretaker Minister of Social Affairs, H.E. Hector Hajjar, and based on their requests, a decision has been made to temporarily pause the use of dual currency for next month’s disbursement of cash assistance to refugees, while discussions continue on appropriate modalities. The United Nations reiterates its commitment to humanitarian principles in supporting the Government to assist the most vulnerable people across Lebanon. All programmatic decisions are taken with full transparency and commitment to our mandate including decisions on assistance modalities which are based on solid, objective evidence and thorough research. We continue to stand with the people and Government of Lebanon during these difficult times and foster a collaborative environment to reach those most in need, including refugees.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon