Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called on Friday for an exceptional session to tackle the issue of Lebanese expatriates who face coronavirus threat abroad.
In remarks carried by the National News Agency (NNA), Berri urged the government “to hold an “exceptional session at the soonest possible, in order to reconsider the issue of Lebanese expatriates who face the threat of a pandemic in their countries of residence all over the world, some of which lacking hospitals and the most basic health care services.”
He slammed the Lebanese government, saying it “acts contrary to all the countries of the world, with regard to the choice of repatriating its citizens who live abroad.”
“All these countries are seeking to bring their citizens back to their countries. As for us in Lebanon, we have forgotten that these people were originally pushed by the neglect of the state towards leaving the country, and yet they still enriched it with their love, loyalty, and the fruit of their labor.”
“Was it not enough to try to waste, if not steal, their (bank) deposits through Capital Control? Is this now an attempt to steal their nationalities?” he wondered.
Source: NNA (edited by Al-Manar English Website)