Lavrov, Bassil Agree to Put Refugee Repatriation Plan into 'Action'


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia “rejects any foreign intervention in Lebanon,” stating during a joint press conference with caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil that they have discussed a Russian plan to repatriate Syrian refugees in Lebanon back to their homeland.

“Russia and Lebanon stand on the same page regarding the repatriation of refugees,” Lavrov said, noting that he and Bassil have discussed the file during their meeting in Moscow.

He stressed that “Lebanon should not become a hostage to Syria's refugee problem.”

“The US is only interested in reconstructing parts of Syria where opposition is active,” added Lavrov, noting that “Russia will work with Lebanon to facilitate return of Syrians to their country.”

“Stability in Lebanon is the basis for the balance in the region,” he emphasized.

Lavrov also criticized recent comments by Filippo Grandi, the head of the U.N. refugee agency, who said last week that it was too soon to talk about the mass repatriation of the more than 5 million Syrian refugees. Lavrov said the UNHCR should not be a "subsidiary of a group of Western countries."

Lavrov also charged that al-Qaida militants located near al-Tanf in southeastern Syria, where U.S. military advisers are based, have launched raids intended to prevent refugees from coming back from Jordan.

For his part, Bassil said he discussed with Lavrov “ways to put the Russian initiative on the return of displaced Syrians into action. Lebanon counts on the Russian plan.”

“Direct channels between foreign ministries of Lebanon and Russia will be opened to implement the plan,” he added.

"Lebanon supports the quick and safe return of Syrian refugees without any link to a political solution," Bassil said. "The circumstances in Syria have changed and many areas are safe, and for that reason there is no reason for the refugees to stay," Bassil went on to say.

Turning to Lebanon’s role when Syria starts its reconstruction, he said: “Lebanon should be the platform for the reconstruction of Syria. Strategic cooperation between the two countries is necessary in this process.”

Comments 10
Thumb eagledawn 20 August 2018, 14:48

Persons in Public office need to be 'Seen'. The constitution should be amended to prohibit those under 125cm in height from assuming a ministerial or government job.

Thumb s.o.s 20 August 2018, 20:43

He knows the trick!!!

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 August 2018, 21:34

The little gimp was called onto to head to Moscow like a little boy for his orders. loooooool

Thumb blablablablabla 20 August 2018, 14:51

نتيجة التحريات والاستقصاءات المكثفة، تمكنت المفرزة المذكورة من معرفة هوية المشتبه بهما. ولدى رصدهما بشكل دقيق تبين أنهما أقدما على شراء أسلحة حربية وأقنعة وخوذ، وسرقة دراجة آلية من محلة غزير لاستعمالها بالعملية.
بتاريخ 17/08/2018 وفي أثناء اجتماعهما في أحد المنازل في محلة تحويطة الغدير في الضاحية الجنوبية، قامت قوة من المفرزة بمداهمة المنزل بناءً لإشارة القضاء المختص، وتمكنت من توقيف كل من:
_ س. ش. ( مواليد عام 1992، سوري)
ط. ع. ( مواليد عام 1991، سوري)
وقد ضبط بحوزتهما مسدس حربي 7 ملم مع ممشط وعدة طلقات صالحة للاستعمال ومسدس خلبي، وقناعين لون اسود ودراجة آلية وخوذتين للتمويه ذات زجاج حاجب للرؤية.
بالتحقيق معهما اعترفا بما نسب إليهما، وأن تاريخ تنفيذ العملية كان يوم الاثنين في 20/08/2018، كما اعترفا أنهما كانا قد خططا للسطو على مصرف ولكن العملية لم تنجح معهما.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 20 August 2018, 14:59

"في أثناء اجتماعهما في أحد المنازل في محلة تحويطة الغدير في الضاحية الجنوبية،"

lol lol lol

Thumb galaxy 20 August 2018, 15:01

lol he incriminates his cult without even knowing.

Thumb eagledawn 20 August 2018, 17:49

lol @blacacabla

Here comes the Naharnet coffee boy :)

Thumb justin 20 August 2018, 15:12

do you ever comment on the article, any article?

Thumb beatryce 20 August 2018, 17:02

Bonsoir Jaafar; comment sa vas aujourd'hui?

Thumb marcus 20 August 2018, 17:06

@POS has nothing to say, as usual.