Hollande makes solidarity visit to Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

French President Francois Hollande toured a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon on Sunday, in a show of solidarity for the refugees and their host country.

“My visit comes to express support and solidarity with Lebanon, refugees and humanitarian organizations,” he said, according to Lebanon’s official National News Agency.

Hollande’s tour of the camp located in Bekka Valley in eastern Lebanon comes a day after he promised that France's humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon would reach 50 million euros (56.4 million dollars) this year.

Lebanon hosts around 1.2 million Syrians who fled civil war in their home country.

France initially agreed to accept 24,000 refugees under a plan to divide new arrivals among countries in the European Union.

It has since said it would take in 30,000 over two years, but has insisted on keeping that cap.

Hollande and other French leaders have repeatedly called for cooperation on migration in Europe, including a plan to patrol external borders in order to keep the Schengen area open to free movement.

Hollande was in Lebanon as part of a three-nation Middle East tour, which is taking him later Sunday to Egypt.

On Tuesday, he will visit Jordan.

Last update: Sun, 17/04/2016 - 17:12

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