Russia has several roles in the region, and Lebanon is in our interest, it does not interfere in internal affairs, but it is pushing for reform.
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Lebanon - M E Times Int'l: The head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil, held a press conference in Moscow, after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in which he said: “Today we visited Moscow and started it with a meeting with our friends in the Russian Foreign Ministry, Mr. Bogdanov and other officials, headed by Minister Lavrov and we were honored to meet I invite him to lunch, to be supplemented by other two-day meetings, and I am happy every time I am here in Moscow and here in Novots, where the spirit of the East and its spirituality gives me the space to explore some strategies and ideas that can serve my country, Lebanon, and serve the cause of stability and prosperity in Our region. Therefore, the issues we are discussing are many and complex, from the international to the regional and the Lebanese.
Regarding "the Levantine and Lebanon", he said: "We first presented the orientalism of Lebanon and the importance of its role and presence in this East, and how Lebanon, with its diversity and stability, can be a positive factor for the prosperity of the region. We have naturally raised our thought about the necessity of establishing the Levantine market that includes Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Palestine. Of course, upon the establishment of the state, and how can this economic framework contribute positively to the stability of the region and help in the reconstruction of Syria and Iraq, and the rise of Lebanon from its financial and economic ordeal. And in this context, the issue of gas and oil on land and sea comes, connecting all oil and gas refineries and pipelines coming from the east in the direction of The West, and how the East Oil and Gas Forum could be a good framework for that. "
Regarding "Lebanon and its stability", he said: "We discussed the need for Lebanon to be stable and prosperous, and that this is an imperative factor to protect diversity in it and also to protect minorities in it and in the region and to preserve their full role in administration, politics and the economy, and on the peculiarity of Lebanon and the equal role of Christians in it, because from without that, there will be no full role, and without it there will be no complete existence, and without that in Lebanon, there will be no Christians in the East. "
He pointed out that “some international policies contributed to their displacement from the East.” He said, “It is hoped that the Russian policy in our East will contribute to establishing them in it and bringing them back to it so that they coexist, fraternize and contribute to the peace of the region. Lebanon has a great role in combating terrorism militarily and intellectually, and it is the first to succeed. Lebanon, if it takes all its rights, stops the attacks on it by land, sea and air from Israel, and attempts to destroy its lands or wealth, then it will also be a factor of stability and peace in the region. Today Lebanon, as a result of pressures on it and as a result of corruption within it, collapsed, and it requires radical and structural reforms to revive it, This requires a Lebanese political decision whose elements are incomplete, and it requires a government of specialists supported by the main political and parliamentary forces in order to be able to achieve these reforms, without anyone being able to control them and prevent these reforms from being realized.
He added, "If Lebanon is going to adopt the option of the International Monetary Fund, then these reforms are well-known, on top of which is criminal scrutiny, in addition to controlling transfers abroad and returning funds transferred from Lebanon to abroad, etc., reform cannot be carried out and some rights restored to the Lebanese without that, even without this." If Lebanon heads to the East instead of the West, or if it remains in the middle between East and West - West or East, or between the two, Lebanon cannot rise without reforming it. The government is necessary, but it is not sufficient, if it does not have the decision, will and ability to reform. This is a matter. Lebanese, Russia does not interfere in internal affairs, but it is pushing for reform. This is what we thank her for, and we are all waiting for the prime minister-designate to take his decision to proceed with the formation of the government, and the most important thing is his decision to reform. "
Regarding the role of Russia, he said: "Russia has several roles in the region and Lebanon that are in our interest, including: achieving international balance in the region and this falls under the scope of international justice, playing a positive role in the peace process on the basis of rights and not on the basis of violence and force, caring for this bright embrace. Protecting it to play its active economic role, protecting diversity and minorities by not singling them out and making them feel that they are always prepared for travel. It played a pivotal role in the return of displaced Syrians to their country, in order to preserve the unity of Syria, its social fabric and the fabric of the surrounding countries, especially Lebanon. The Syrian presidential elections and the confirmation of President Assad will be factors. Accelerating, reassuring and encouraging for this return, he played a catalytic role to solve the problems of borders and lines, specifically encouraging the launch of negotiations on the maritime borders between Lebanon and Syria, establishing huge development and investment projects in the region, and I mention some of them that help Lebanon, on the basis of BOT, and within the reform project for the resurgence of Lebanon. And that is by building oil refineries in southern and northern Lebanon, with participation in gas production projects in the Lebanese sea, which is partly taking place now, and with the possibility of contributing to electricity, port and rail projects, especially those linked to Syria, Iraq and Jordan, which strengthens the Levantine market. "
He concluded: "We, and from the position of friendship and the excellent relations between Lebanon and Russia, encourage everything that develops and develops these relations and those roles mentioned, from big to small, and very small ones, such as establishing development projects that stabilize people in their land, such as tourism in Lebanon and re-launching the direct air line between the two countries." And as a launching of cultural, social and party cooperation frameworks. Thank you to Russia for what Minister Lavrov informed me that Russia provided free vaccines based on a written message from the President of the Lebanese Republic, in addition to commercial vaccines. "