- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

Lebanon Expects Russia to Play Bigger Role in Middle East

© Sputnik / Kirill Kalinnikov / Go to the mediabankForeign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil - Sputnik International
Lebanon expects Russia to increase its influence in the Middle East to contribute to achieving a balance of power in the region.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Lebanon expects Russia to build on its influence in the Middle East to help achieve a balance of power in the region, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Friday.

"We expect that Russia will further strengthen its role in order to complete the process of power balance formation in the region as our region will not manage to survive without such a balance," Bassil said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

A woman and her daughter pass by a poster of outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Lebanon's president has called on Saudi Arabia to clarify the reasons why the country's prime minister has not returned home since his resignation which was announced from the kingdom - Sputnik International
It's Not About Hariri: How Lebanon is Falling Prey to Regional Conflicts
Lebanon has lately been engulfed in political crisis. On November 4, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation while on a trip to Saudi Arabia, expressing fear that he could be assassinated, like his father, in Lebanon.

Hariri accused Lebanon's Hezbollah movement and Iran of attempts to destabilize the country and the Middle East. Lebanese President Michel Aoun suggested he was held up by the Saudis.

Earlier today Hariri said he was on his way to the Riyadh airport, a day after he was invited to come to France. Hariri has been in the Saudi capital for two weeks after his unexpected resignation announcement. The Lebanese president has accused the Saudis of holding him against his will.

"To say that I am held up in Saudi Arabia and not allowed to leave the country is a lie. I am on the way to the airport," Hariri tweeted.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала