Suleiman Heads to Moscow to Receive Award, Meet Top Officials

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President Michel Suleiman traveled to Moscow on Saturday for talks with his Russian counterpart and to receive an award on his role in calling for dialogue and opening channels of communication between bickering parties.

Suleiman's three-day visit at the head of a delegation that includes deputy Prime Minister Samir Moqbel comes following an official invitation sent by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I.

He will be honored on Sunday by the International Foundation for Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations that awards statesmen, politicians and churchmen for consolidating and promoting Christian values in society.

The ceremony that is planned to be held at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow will be headed by Kirill.

Suleiman is scheduled to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and other officials on Monday and Tuesday.

A diplomatic source told As Safir daily that the meetings will focus on the situation in the region and mainly Syria. They are also expected to deal with the conditions of Christians in the Middle East, including Lebanon and Syria.

The Central News Agency said earlier this month that the president's trip to Moscow will be an opportunity to discuss Russian military assistance to Lebanon, including promises to provide Lebanon with MiG airplanes.

Comments 6
Thumb primesuspect 19 January 2013, 09:59

what award? to see if he can dance on one foot?

Thumb positivneutral 19 January 2013, 17:15

Seems everybody can get an award in Russia, not sure what opening channels & dialogue entails?

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 19 January 2013, 13:08

its the most powerless president ever (see taef constitution) award

Default-user-icon Festok Bezer (Guest) 19 January 2013, 15:36

The award is for harassing and abusing a few youngsters who criticized the one who sheels the zeer from the beer on Facebook while turning a blind eye and a deaf ear on politicians and diplomats who tread on and insult every Lebanese, him included. Aren't the Lebanese a lucky people?

Missing helicopter 19 January 2013, 19:23

I would give him the award of holding up against Sharks from both sides and doing his best to maintain a country despite the fact he has minimal powers. He is a clean and patriotic Lebanese.

Thumb ado.australia 19 January 2013, 20:28

While your there... Ask them where our helicopter gunships are that they promised ? The mig 27 fighter jet?
So many promises to support our army but nothing has been provided.

They are all the same!