Russia supports Lebanon’s integrity, ready to cooperate with it

MOSCOW, July 25 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia invariably supports the integrity of sovereign Lebanon and is committed to multifaceted cooperation with that country, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, July 25, after a meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and the Lebanese Charge d’Affaires in Moscow.

“During the conversation initiated by the Lebanese side, the diplomats discuss pressing issues of Russian-Lebanese relations and the situation in Libya, Syria and the Middle East in general,” the ministry said.

“The Russian side stressed the invariability of support to integrity and stability in sovereign Lebanon, and reiterated its readiness to continue multifaceted cooperation with that country and develop contacts with its leading public and political forces,” the ministry said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov earlier noted good prospects for bilateral cooperation after visits to Russia by President Suleiman and Prime Minister Hariri, particularly in the energy sector and in the fields of water economy and military-technical cooperation.

In his opinion, “It is necessary to exert effort in order to implement the agreements that were reached.”

During his previous visit to the region last November, Saltanov and Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Al Shami discussed “pressing issues of Russian-Lebanese relations, with a focus on the importance of improving interaction between the foreign ministries of Russia and Lebanon in ensuring favourable conditions for the implementation of projects concerning economic, investment and military-technical cooperation,” the Foreign Ministry said.



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