Monday, February 17, 2020


The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received today at the Grand Serail the Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin, in the presence of his advisor for Russian Affairs Georges Chaaban.

After the meeting, the Russian Ambassador said: "I delivered to Prime Minister Hariri an official invitation from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit Moscow. The date will be set soon. We also discussed ways to develop bilateral relations, political dialogue as well as economic, cultural and military cooperation between the two countries."

Hariri also met with the German Ambassador to Lebanon Martin Huth.

Hariri then received the Minister of State for Planning affairs Michel Pharaon, who said: "I briefed Prime Minister Hariri on the program of the conference that will be held on July 7th at the Grand Serail under the title "Launching the National Urban Policy", in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN- Habitat) in the presence of its Executive Director Mr. Joan Clos."

He added: "As for the file of the Syrian refugees, it is a big and dangerous nightmare. The implementation of the plan for the return of the displaced is up to the United Nations, in order to close this file. Things cannot be simplified by calling for dialogue with the Syrian government, which is responsible of part of this crisis."

Later, Hariri received the Minister for Displaced affairs Talal Arslan, who said after the meeting: "We discussed the issue of the displaced, especially since the mountain is the cornerstone of the stability of the country. The way the state is dealing with this issue is unacceptable. I am not used to discriminating between people and my duty and the duty of the state is to give people their rights. I have full confidence in Prime Minister Hariri, who cares about the rights of the people, because the subject needs to be treated in all its details. Therefore, we cannot distinguish between the inhabitants of the villages, regardless of their sects. The file of the displaced should be treated as the file of the Lebanese state with all its components. We must pay attention to the issue of the migration of residents from villages to cities because of the lack of development at all levels.

It is embarrassing that 27 years after the end of the war we continue to form governments that include a Ministry for displaced affairs. In light of international attention to the issue of the Syrian displacement, who cares about the Lebanese displaced? It was agreed with Prime Minister Hariri to hold a meeting to discuss all the details of the file and form a working group for this purpose, to see what can be done to give people their rights."

Source: National News Agency