Germany and Lebanon - the bilateral relations
Relations between Germany and Lebanon have traditionally been friendly. Germany is held in high regard in Lebanon for the assistance it has provided to help deal with the flood of refugees from Syria. Especially appreciated is Germany’s reception of some 400,000 Syrians so far (approximately 30,000 of them under national and federal state programmes). Great store is set by Germany’s voice within the European Union.
With the international Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation – Supporting Stability in the Region, which was held on 28 October 2014 at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, the Federal Government laid important groundwork for increasing support to Syria’s neighbours. At the conference, which was co-hosted by Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Federal Development Minister Müller, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil drew particular attention to the burden being placed on Lebanese hosting communities. The United Nations Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2015-2016 is implementing the principle, developed at the Berlin conference, of combining plannable humanitarian assistance with increased development cooperation. Germany – along with the United Kingdom, Norway and Kuwait – will be co-hosting the conference Supporting Syria and the Region on 4 February 2016 in London, which focuses on providing assistance to Syria’s neighbours (Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan).
Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Lebanon for political talks most recently in May 2015 during a trip to the region. During a trip to Lebanon in March 2015, Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller pledged a further increase in financial support. Federal Defence Minister von der Leyen paid a visit to the German UNIFIL contingent in April 2014.