Doha, - Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) signed Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation in humanitarian projects serving Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as the host communities.

QRCS released a statement to the press today saying that the new deal is a step towards better joint planning and cooperation between the two parties.

The MoU was signed by Deputy Head of ICRC Delegation in Beirut Marco Succi and head of QRCS mission in Lebanon Omar Katerji. Its purpose is to coordinate efforts in medical care, relief, livelihood support, water and sanitation, and shelter, to meet the humanitarian needs of both refugees and local community.

Two appendices were also signed for thermal insulation and refugee housing rehabilitation projects in Beqaa, North Governorate, and Mount Lebanon Governorate.

QRCS Executive Director Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Naimi commented on the signing and said "QRCS has a partnership with ICRC in many effective projects to help our Syrian brothers living in Lebanon." He expressed his appreciation of the valuable role of ICRC in this respect, thanking the Lebanese Red Cross for its facilitative contributions.

For his part, Head of ICRC Delegation in Lebanon Fabrizio Carboni said "Millions of Syrian refugees suffer from the ongoing conflict. The deteriorating situation in Syria requires stronger coordination among the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in order to improve our efforts to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees in Lebanon." Carboni added that the agreement was part of a nonstop response to meet the basic needs of those refugees.

Source: Qatar News Agency