BEIRUT – The Syrian ambassador to Lebanon called on Saturday for coordination with Lebanese authorities after Beirut announced plans to impose unprecedented restrictions on Syrians trying to enter Lebanon.
Beginning Jan. 5, Syrians will require a visa to enter Lebanon, according to new regulations posted online by Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security. The move marks the most significant attempt by Lebanese authorities to stem the influx of some 1.5 million Syrians who have sought refuge in Lebanon from the civil war raging in their homeland.
For Lebanon, a country of 4.5 million, the flood of Syrian refugees has placed a tremendous strain on the country’s economy, resources, infrastructure and delicate sectarian balance.
On Saturday, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdel-Karim Ali said Damascus understands the new measures but that “the issue of Syrians entering and leaving…
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