The Bold and the Beautiful: Jolie meets Salam
The Hollywood star and UNHCR envoy met with the Lebanese prime minister after visiting Syrian refugees
Hollywood star and United Nations envoy Angelina Jolie met with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Monday.
“The generosity and solidarity shown by Lebanon and Lebanese to its neighbor serves as an example to the world for which we should all be grateful. We all need to help them bear this burden,” Jolie said after meeting Salam, in comments carried by Beirut-based newspaper The Daily Star.
The star also stressed the importance of the recent U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing humanitarian aid to be distributed across Syria to be more than just a declaration.
“It must be implemented - and that will take political will and courage. The unity that the Council has shown must not be a one-off, but the start of a new phase in ending the conflict,” she said.
Salam, known as bold and powerful political figure in the country, has recently featured strongly in global headlines for forming the Lebanese cabinet after a 10-month stalemate.
Their meeting followed Jolie's tour on Sunday of areas hosting Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa province as part of her role as a special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
But away from paparazzi, Jolie’s visit barely received any media coverage due to pressure from security personnel, local reports said.
Jolie arrived in Lebanon late on Saturday and stayed in Zahle, a town in the Bekaa region near the border with Syria. It hosts some 300,000 Syrian refugees.
Joelle Eid, UNCHR’s spokeswoman in Lebanon, told Anadolu Agency that Jolie will be visiting Syrian families on Sunday but will not hold any press conferences.
During the visit, Lebanese security personnel prevented reporters from following the Hollywood actress or taking pictures of her, according to the Lebanese newspaper Annahar.
Jolie was seen wearing a scarf that covered her face, the newspaper said.
In April 2012, the UNHCR promoted Jolie from serving as its goodwill ambassador to special envoy due to her work for the agency.
The Hollywood actress has previously visited Jordan’s Zaatari camp, which holds more than 185,000 Syrian refugees.
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