Russia-Lebanon talks

Dmitry Medvedev held talks with Lebanon’s President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri.

Dmitry Medvedev’s talks with Lebanon’s President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri

Signed documents

Excerpts from the transcript:

Meeting with Lebanon’s President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri

Dmitry Medvedev: Your visit coincided with a period when our business links and the contacts between our governments are intensifying. The bilateral dialogue and contacts between our business communities are developing, which has led to the drafting of documents to be signed during your visit. There was a certain decline in our business activity but we have seen it building back up recently, particularly this year. This includes the structure of bilateral trade which, in our view, is becoming more optimal.

I would like to note your consistent policy of expanding cooperation with our country.

In every possible way, we support your course toward strengthening Lebanon’s unity, preserving its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Both our countries are facing all the problems of the modern world, including terrorism. In this context, I would like to congratulate you on the successful completion of the operation to eliminate extremist groups in Lebanon.

We are ready to further enhance our counter-terrorism cooperation and cooperation in other sensitive areas. 

Tomorrow you are meeting with President Putin. Hopefully, your visit will start a new chapter in Russia-Lebanon relations. 

Saad Hariri (via interpreter): Our political relations have reached an exceptional level and we would like our economic relations to reach the same level. Indeed, Lebanon is experiencing many problems, one of which is terrorism. We are defeating the terrorists but Lebanon still needs the help of friends like Russia.

There are many issues caused by the presence of Syrian refugees in our country. Should a political solution be found in Syria, it must provide for the return of Syrian refugees to their homes. I am not only talking about those in Lebanon but elsewhere in the world.

We are extremely serious about the need to develop our economic relations. At this particular time, it is very important to make sure that my visit becomes a significant investment in the strengthening of these relations.

Russian companies are now competing in tenders to develop gas deposits. We really want Russian businesses to have a presence in our country.

Shortly, we will get started on infrastructure investment projects and we would also like to see Russian companies operating in Lebanon.

We continue the rearmament of the Lebanese army and our wish is also to establish military cooperation with Russia.

To this day, we have managed to ensure the security of our country and stability in Lebanon. But the current task is to neutralise the threats coming from Syria and several other countries in the region, including Israel.

To secure our sovereignty, we need to further expand cooperation between security services and corresponding agencies.

Documents signed following the talks:

Signing joint documents

- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Industry of the Lebanese Republic
Signed by: Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov for Russia, and Minister of Finance of the Lebanese Republic Ali Hassan Khalil for Lebanon;

- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Environment of the Lebanese Republic on Cooperation in Environment Protection
Signed by: Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation Sergei Donskoi for Russia, and Minister of Finance of the Lebanese Republic Ali Hassan Khalil for Lebanon;

- Memorandum between the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Lebanese Republic on Cooperation in Physical Fitness and Sports
Signed by: Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov for Russia, and Minister of Finance of the Lebanese Republic Ali Hassan Khalil for Lebanon;

- Memorandum on Cultural Cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Culture of the Lebanese Republic
Signed by: Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky for Russia, and Minister of Culture of the Lebanese Republic Ghattas Khoury for Lebanon;

- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Economy and Trade of the Lebanese Republic on Economic and Investment Cooperation
Signed by: Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin for Russia, and Minister of Economy and Trade of the Lebanese Republic Raed Khoury for Lebanon.