Lebanese-Russian Refugee Panel Being Formed

A Lebanese-Russian committee is being formed to put Moscow's initiative on repatriating Syrian refugees into action, media reports said.

"It has been agreed that Russia will be represented by its ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin and the embassy's military attache," al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

The Lebanese side will meanwhile be led by General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim while the political authority in Lebanon will name the rest of the members, the newspaper added.

It said the members will be chosen in the expected meeting between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, which will also determine the panel's "political level."

The report comes a day after U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met with Lebanese officials to explore the details of the refugee repatriation plans.

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