Italian envoy concerned about Syrian events repercussions on Lebanon

Minister for International Cooperation Andrea Riccardi said in remarks published on Thursday that his country is worried about the repercussions that the events in Syria might have on Lebanon.

“There are around 20 thousand Syrian refugees in Lebanon,” Riccardi, who arrived in Lebanon earlier this week, told An-Nahar newspaper.

He also said he understood Lebanon’s sensitive case, especially because Lebanon hosts Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

Syria has witnessed anti-regime protests since mid-March 2011. The United Nations estimated that more than 9,000 people have been killed in the regime’s crackdown on dissent.

Lebanon’s political scene is split between supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, led by Hezbollah, and the pro-Western March 14 camp.

-NOW Lebanon