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Berri, Russian envoy discuss Syrian crisis, refugees issue

Speaker of the House Nabih Berri on Thursday met with the Special Envoy of the Russian President, Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Vershinin, and Russian Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin, with whom he discussed the latest developments in Lebanon and the region, particularly in Syria.

The Russian presidential envoy said after the meeting "we are here today to discuss with his Excellence and with the Lebanese leaderships the situation in Syria and the means to resolve this crisis. We are also discussing its impacts on Lebanon and what Russia can do to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people."

Deeming the meeting fruitful, the Russian envoy said "we also tackled the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the need to intensify contacts between Beirut and Damascus to solve this problem as soon as possible."

Earlier this morning, Berri welcomed Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian House of Representatives, Istvan Hiller, and an accompanying delegation. Talks touched on the latest developments, bilateral relations and parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

On a different note, Berri met the World Bank's Regional Director, Saroj Kumar, and tackled with him the World Bank projects which have not yet taken their course, influenced by the conditions of the Lebanese administration, which adversely affect investment and the World Bank's contributions to Lebanon.

Separately, Berri called on the Parliament to convene in session at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 26.

Source: National News Agency