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Obama praises Lebanon for hosting Syrian refugees

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 11:22 a.m. CDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising Lebanon's generosity in welcoming refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria.

Obama met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman (su-LAY'-mahn) Tuesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting came just after Obama announced $339 million in additional humanitarian aid in response to Syria's crisis, including $74 million for Lebanon to support refugee needs.

Suleiman says Lebanon has had a difficult time dealing with the influx of refugees. His country has a population of about 4.5 million and now officially hosts more than 700,000 registered refugees. There are likely many more. Suleiman has estimated at least 1 million Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, with thousands more crossing over each week.

Obama called on the international community to do more to help.

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