Four host countries agree on Syrian refugee return plan

The four host countries have agreed to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees by establishing safe areas in Syria. This plan aims to coordinate efforts and encourage the return of displaced Syrians.
Syrian refugee children walk behind a woman at a camp set up outside the northern Lebanese village of Miniara. (Photo: JOSEPH EID/AFP)
Syrian refugee children walk behind a woman at a camp set up outside the northern Lebanese village of Miniara. (Photo: JOSEPH EID/AFP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced that his country has reached an agreement with Iraq, Egypt, and Jordan to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians to their homeland by establishing safe areas within Syria.

During a ministerial session held on Tuesday, Mikati discussed the “Eighth Conference to Support the Future of Syria and the Region,” which took place on Monday in Brussels.

He highlighted that Lebanon, for the first time, presented a clear and specific action plan to manage the file of displaced Syrians in Lebanon.

This plan, which was adopted by the government and supported by Parliament, emphasizes coordination between various ministries and agencies within specific time frames.

Mikati stated, "During the talks, the Lebanese Foreign Minister, with whom I was in constant contact, confirmed Lebanon's request to start an early recovery plan in Syria, separate the issue of the displaced from political considerations, and find safe areas in Syria to begin the return."

He further explained, "The Lebanese Foreign Minister conducted contacts with the Arab ministers of countries hosting displaced Syrians—namely Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Syria. A unified plan was agreed upon to contact the Syrian side and support early recovery in Syria. During the conference, Lebanon stressed the need for support and aid to encourage the Syrians to return to their country."