Lebanon announces plan to repatriate Syrian refugees

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BEIRUT, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The Lebanese government has drafted a plan to ensure the repatriation of 15,000 Syrian refugees per month to their homeland, the Lebanese Minister of the Displaced Issam Charafeddine said on Monday.

Two committees will be formed to carry out the plan: one will include Lebanon, Syria, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), while the other will include Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq, according to the minister.

"It is totally unacceptable that Syrian refugees do not return to their country as the war has ended and Syria has become safe," a statement released by Lebanon's Presidency quoted Charaffedine as saying during his meeting at Baabda Palace with Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

According to the minister, the Syrian government has shown great support in this regard. Syria plans to build roads, schools, hospitals, and proper infrastructure to receive its citizens in areas that have become ready to host them.

According to the Lebanese government, about 1.5 million Syrian refugees are living in the country.

Lebanon has been suffering from an unprecedented financial crisis and a large number of refugees weigh heavily on the country's economy and infrastructure.