President Michel Aoun said that Lebanon was working on an economic plan “that will bring about radical changes in the economic structures,” and will allow the country to “face the various challenges and overcome the current crisis.”
“The productive sectors have been identified and their potential employed, which will enhance the various Lebanese regions,” Aoun told his visitors on Wednesday, hoping that the transition to the productive economy would soon be implemented in accordance with this plan.
The president emphasized that the issue of displaced Syrians and Palestinian refugees constituted “a huge burden on Lebanon.”
He added that the country was now unable to bear its consequences, “both in terms of the population density, which has doubled, or with regards to the high unemployment rate among Lebanese youth and the scarcity of resources in Lebanon.”
“The various services also suffer from this burden, which doubles the rate of emigration… without forgetting the high crime rate as a result of the economic conditions we are experiencing, the increasing problems of education, and the weak infrastructure that cannot collectively absorb the consequences of this crisis,” Aoun remarked.
He pointed out that international assistance was not proportional with the needs, adding: “This burden is being imposed on us because some parties require a political solution in Syria before the return of the displaced.”
“The Syrians came to Lebanon as a result of the deterioration of the security situation in their country. Now that the situation has stabilized in most of the Syrian territory, they are able to return,” Aoun stressed.
“But there are those who prevent them from going back. This in itself is one of the injustices against Lebanon by some of the international community.”