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‘Abbas Visits Lebanon

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud ‘Abbas is in Beirut on the second day of a two-day visit. Atop the agenda is the conditions under which 400,000 Palestinian refugees are living in 12 Lebanese refugee camps. ‘Abbas is expected to tell Lebanese officials of the need for improved living conditions and greater ease in finding jobs. Violence is also reportedly becoming more and more frequent in the camps. But absorbing the Palestinians into Lebanese society is not an option for ‘Abbas. He  has re-stated his opposition to "the resettlement of Palestinians in Lebanon." He maintains that "the Palestinians have the right of return [to Israel] and this is an issue we are discussing with the Israelis."