Australia pledges $7.9M to Lebanon over Syria crisis

Australia pledges $7.9M to Lebanon over Syria crisisimage

13 May 2015

Ausralia has pledged AUD10 million ($7.9 million) in aide to Lebanon to help soften the blow of the Syrian spillover, the country’s ambassador announced Tuesday.

Ambassador Glenn Miles told reporters after his meeting with Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, his country was responding to the Syrian crisis with a donation of AUD20 million, half of which will be received by Lebanon.

Miles explained that his country had allocated AUD135 million in donations to help face the Syrian refugee crisis over the last five years.

Lebanon hosts an estimated 1.5 million refugees who fled Syria after the outbreak of the crisis in March 2011. However, Lebanon stopped the flow of refugees fleeing the Syrian war late last year.

Beirut has appealed to donor states for help with the refugee crisis, which has placed immense pressure on its already inadequate infrastructure.