UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited Lebanon on Wednesday as part of her tour of the Mideast region, during which she is scheduled to visit Syrian refugee camps.
Jolie also met with Prime Minister Najib Miqati at the Grand Serail and said following the meeting that she was “delighted to return to Lebanon… and to visit [Syrian] families who are being sheltered in Lebanese homes and not refugee camps, [and for that] they are grateful to Lebanon and its people,” the National News Agency reported.
Meanwhile, UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres, who accompanied Jolie on her Lebanese visit, expressed thanks to the Lebanese people and the government for their hospitality toward the Syrian refugees.
“[The visit to Lebanon] is an opportunity to assess ways of cooperation between the Lebanese government and the UN refugee agency regarding the Syrian refugees’ crisis,” Guterres said after the meeting with Miqati.
On Tuesday, the actress visited a refugee camp in Jordan where she appealed to the world to “do everything they can to support these refugees” fleeing the escalating conflict in their country, according to AFP.
More than 27,000 people have been killed since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad broke out in May 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The UN and NGOs have said that there are currently more than 57,000 refugees in Lebanon who are being helped by the Lebanese government and other organizations.