Russia hopes to boost dialogue with new Lebanese government
Moscow welcomes the agreement of Lebanese political forces to form a new government, and hopes to continue active dialogue with Beirut, the Russian Foreign Ministry informed on Friday, Trend reports referring to TASS.
"Moscow welcomes the successful ending of the eight-month domestic policy marathon on establishing the composition of the highest organ of Lebanon’s executive power. An important step has been made on the path towards further strengthening of the country’s unity. Important decisions have been found, which help maintain a mutually acceptable balance of interests in the pluralistic Lebanese society, at the same time taking into account the results of the general election that took place in May of last year," the foreign ministry noted.
"We hope to continue active political dialogue and multifaceted cooperation with the friendly people of Lebanon in the interest of peace and stability in the Middle East, to overcome the negative consequences of the crises that the region has experienced in recent years," the message stated.
Russia invariably supports Lebanon’s national sovereignty and sees the effective functioning of all branches of power and the republic’s government institutions as a guarantee for its territorial integrity, the ministry added.
On January 31, Lebanon announced that a new national unity government had been created, led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Apart from the prime minister, the new government consists of 30 ministers, representing all ethnic and religious communities of the country. Gebran Bassil retained his position as Lebanon’s foreign minister.