Lebanon, as the nearest safe country to areas of strife, has taken in 1.5 million Syrian war refugees, Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, said on Wednesday. But these refugees must return home as soon as possible so Lebanon can maintain its stability, he said. Hungary is helping to achieve this aim because it has an interest in stability in the Middle East, the minister told MTI by phone after talks in Beirut. Hungary is sending 54 soldiers to the UN mission in Lebanon to run a peacekeeping force with Polish soldiers, he said. They will be in place by the end of next year. He underlined Hungary's position that the international community should stop encouraging migration and focus on how to help people who are inclined to leave their country stay where they are.