Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Australia asks citizens to repay evacuation costs

Australia asks citizens to repay evacuation costs
The Daily Star

The Australian government has asked Lebanese-Australians to pay a portion of the cost of evacuating them from Lebanon last summer, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Sunday. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has sent letters to thousands of Lebanese asking for voluntary payment of around $650 per adult and $500 for children. The report quoted a spokesman for the Islamic Friendship Association, Keysar Trad, as saying in a radio news program that he believes payment would mainly affect Australian citizens who were residents in Lebanon. "If people can afford it and they're being given the option to pay for their own transport, I think that those who can afford it will do so," he said. - Naharnet

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