Statement of Mr. Audun Halvorsen, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

State Secretary Halvorsen meeting with PM Hariri

I have been received by Prime Minister Saad Hariri today. I conveyed my government’s support to the continued peace and stability in Lebanon in a challenging period for the region.  

We fully support the 8 December Paris Declaration of the International Support Group. I underlined the importance of continuing the political process that the Prime Minister has advocated for.

We discussed the Prime Minister’s efforts to strengthen security, economic growth and stability in Lebanon. I reaffirmed the continued support of Norway.

My government appreciates the strong bilateral relationship between our two countries. Norwegian assistance to Lebanon is over NOK 528 million (over USD 60 million). 

We remain committed to assisting the most vulnerable refugees and host communities in Lebanon, in line with the priorities of the government, and until they can return to Syria in a safe, voluntary and dignified manner under the purview of the UNHCR.