Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 June 2019

British ambassador shows support for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

The UK’s Department for International Development provided $84m in funding to the UN's Palestinian agency last year

Palestinian refugees from Syria play in the streets of Shatila refugee camp, in Beirut, Lebanon. Andrew McConnell
Palestinian refugees from Syria play in the streets of Shatila refugee camp, in Beirut, Lebanon. Andrew McConnell

Chris Rampling, the British Ambassador to Lebanon, hosted a reception at the Dar el Nimer Cultural Centre in Beirut on Tuesday to show support for Palestinian refugees in the country.

Palestinian Ambassador Ashraf Dabbour, representatives of Lebanese and Palestinian non-government organisations, academics, researchers and international donors attended the event.

Mr Rampling highlighted the work that the embassy was doing with local and international partners, the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, and many other donors.

Last year, the UK’s Department for International Development provided $84 million (Dh308.5m) in funding to the UN agency.

“Our embassy is proud to work with young Palestinians in Lebanon, supporting marginalised youth in gaining access to increased economic opportunities, and developing solutions to governance, service delivery, improving security for all, and helping the most vulnerable, including people with disabilities,” Mr Rampling said at the event.

He was appointed ambassador to Lebanon in July and took up the role in September.

Updated: March 6, 2019 10:31 AM

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