Lebanon PM Tammam Salam held a meeting on Friday with Anne Richard , U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, where talks highlighted the burden of Syrian refugees on Lebanon.
“We always call on all relevant officials to ease the burden of Syrian refugees on Lebanon,” Salam who was accompanied by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil told Richard.
Lebanon, a country of about 4 million has been hosting around 1.5 million Syrian refugees who fled the war torn country
On Saturday, Salam also held talks with Jordan King Abdullah II and Spain’s King Felipe VI.
The meeting highlighted the latest developments in the region.
EU leaders agreed at a summit in Brussels on Thursday to boost assistance for U.N. aid efforts in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, which has taken in the bulk of Syria’s four million refugees from the war.
Salam is in New York to attend the opening of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015.
The summit is aimed at formally approving an ambitious and costly 15-year blueprint to eradicate extreme poverty, combat climate change and address more than a dozen other major global issues.
Implementing the new development goals — expected to cost between $3.5 trillion and $5 trillion every year until 2030 — is expected to be the focus of the three-day summit that will include speeches by U.S. President Barack Obama, China’s President Xi Jinping and the leaders of Egypt, India, Iran, Germany, Britain and France.
The document — called “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” — which sets out the 17 broad goals and 169 specific targets, will be adopted after the opening speeches at the summit.
On Monday, the U.N. General Assembly session will officially kick off and the next day a summit on fighting extremism will be held during which leaders, including Obama and Salam, will give speeches.
The PM will also address the General Assembly and the International Support Group for Lebanon on Wednesday before returning to Lebanon.