Australia to offer permanent stay for 12,000 Syrians, Iraqis: Minister

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  • November 4, 2015
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NNA – Australian Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, on Wednesday announced that his country would offer permanent stay for 12,000 Syrians and Iraqis to escape war in their homeland.

Dutton visited today Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, with whom he discussed the Lebanese-Australian bilateral relations, with Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Glenn Miles, attending.

“I am very happy to be in Lebanon. I had a very important meeting with Minister Bassil. Our countries share many things, whether from the past or in the future, whereas in Australia, we have a substantial and special Diaspora comprising some 500,000 Lebanese,” the visiting minister told reporters following the meeting.

“We are here to inform Minister Bassil and the Lebanese government of the remarkable support offered by the Australian government to Syrians (…) we also announced that we will offer the chance for 12 000 Syrians and Iraqis to enjoy permanent stay in Australia, so as to leave the difficult juncture they are living,” he indicated.

“All countries must bear the refugee burden with Lebanon,” he called.

“I am glad to be here to bolster friendship between us and to promote the bilateral relations to new levels in the future,” he concluded.

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