Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil toured Sunday the region of Akkar in northern Lebanon where he was welcomed by crowds of citizens and supporters, namely in the villages of al-Hicheh of Wadi Khaled, Machta Hassan, Kfratoun and Wadi Akroum, in presence of the region’s notables and prominent officials.

Minister Bassil touched in several statements on the region’s significance, especially regarding its proximity to Syria. In this connection, he highlighted the importance of communication with Syria through an official border rather than illegal border crossings.

He recalled that Lebanon suffered from the negative repercussions of the Syrian crisis, noting that the country is expected to benefit from Syria’s reconstruction.

Bassil emphasized the need for Syrian refugees to return to their country, especially to areas that are now safe and secure.

“The political reform policy must be comprehensive. The country has been burdened by the flow of Syrian refugees and the economy is in need of a global policy to ensure a positive turning point, alongside the cessation of corruption and decisive political changes,” he explained.

Bassil concluded that Lebanon and the Lebanese have managed to overcome the various obstacles and crises thanks to their national unity. He vowed that care and attention would be granted in the coming years to all Lebanese regions.

Source: National News Agency