Europe

Netherlands grants Lebanon $92M to cope with refugees

  • Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, smile during their meeting at the government palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Mohamed Azakir/Pool via AP)

    Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, smile during their meeting at the government palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Mohamed Azakir/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, shakes hands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, after a joint press conference at the government palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Mohamed Azakir/Pool via AP)

    Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, shakes hands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, after a joint press conference at the government palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Mohamed Azakir/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, speaks during a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the government palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Mohamed Azakir/Pool via AP)

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, speaks during a joint press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the government palace in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Mohamed Azakir/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Netherlands has granted Lebanon 80 million euros ($92.3 million) until the end of 2017 to help the tiny Arab country cope with hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a brief visit to Beirut, where he met with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam before visiting an informal refugee settlement in southern Lebanon.

Rutte says a memorandum of understanding to provide more export opportunities for Lebanese agriculture was also signed.

Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, says her country has been supporting Lebanon, which "needs support from the international community."

Lebanon is home to more than a million registered Syrian refugees, the equivalent of a quarter of its population of 4.5 million.