Lebanon’s FM talks Syrian refugees, oil tenders with Russia’s Lavrov

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Lebanon sees no reason for Syrian refugees to remain on its territory, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said in Moscow on Monday following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Bassil said parts of Syria are stable and peaceful.

For his part, Lavrov said Lebanon should not become a hostage of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Russia was opposed to foreign intervention in Lebanon’s domestic affairs, Lavrov added. Read more

On another topic of discussions, Bassil said during his meeting with his Russian counterpart, that his country wants Russian companies to take part in a new tender to develop oil and gas deposits on the Lebanese shelf,

Bassil said that such deals would bolster regional stability, if a Russian company successfully secured the tender.

Bassil said Lebanon should serve as a platform for the economic regeneration of neighboring Syria and that Beirut would coordinate its efforts with Moscow, Interfax news agency reported.

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