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Russian Presidential envoy meets Bassil: We relayed invitation to Lebanon to participate in Astana conference as observer

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil welcomed Russian Presidential Envoy, Alexander Lavrentiev, accompanied by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, and Russian Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin.

Discussions touched on bilateral ties at the political and economic levels, focusing on Russia's investments in the oil sector.

Conferees reviewed the regional situation and its ramifications from Syria to Iraq and Iran, and the tension prevailing over the Arabian Gulf.

They also tackled the situation in Syria and the evolution of the process of drafting the constitution committee.

Lavrentiev relayed an invitation to Lebanon to participate in the Astana conference as an observer.

The meeting reportedly touched on the issue of displaced Syrians in Lebanon, with an agreement on the need to secure their return to their country at the earliest opportunity, activate the Russian initiative and form a tripartite committee between Russia, Lebanon and Syria to facilitate this return.

Bassil briefed the Russian delegation on the US initiative to demarcate the southern border.

"Talks dealt with Lebanese-Russian relations, which we consider very good. We have agreed to develop those ties at the service of our common interests," the Russian envoy said after the meeting.

He said that "the participation of Lebanon and Iraq [in the Astana conference] will give useful support and an Arab dimension to work within the framework of Astana."

"We are pleased with the decision of the Lebanese side to send a delegate to participate in this conference, end of July. We discussed in detail the subject of Syrian displacement, which is very sensitive to Lebanon, and we will continue to exert efforts to make progress in the Russian initiative in coordination with the concerned parties, so as to secure the voluntary and safe return of displaced Syrians," he assured.

Source: National News Agency