BEIRUT – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Lebanon on an official visit that comes as the UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and the opposition are to adjourn until later in April.
Ban is to meet top Lebanese officials and discuss regional matters. Lebanon, which has taken in over 1 million Syrian refugees, also has a UN peacekeeping force that maintains security along the Lebanese-Israel border. Ban is expected to address refugee support, youth unemployment, and private sector development. He’ll visit a Syrian refugee settlement in central Lebanon and also the country’s second-largest city, Tripoli, in the north. The secretary general will be joined by World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank Group representatives on a five-day tour that will also take him to Jordan and Tunisia.