Russia: Lebanese PM wants arms deal with Moscow ‘to make army stronger’

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri expressed hope that his visit to Russia would help to arrange a deal to purchase Russian arms, speaking at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Tuesday.

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): “We appreciate our close relations. We value your personal strive to deepen these relations in all spheres – in the context of political dialogue, economy, defence, security and humanitarian ties.”

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): “We actively support the efforts of your government and all Lebanese political forces in the stabilisation of the situation. This is in the interest of all Lebanese citizens without exception.”

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): “And of course, the consolidation of all political forces on a unified platform helps to successfully repel the terrorist threat. We congratulate the Lebanese on the fact that they managed to conduct a very effective operation against the ISIL militants.”

SOT, Saad Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister (Arabic): “I am very happy about this opportunity. Lebanon is banking on relations with Russia, and I hope they will correspond to the nature of relations that have developed between the countries. My visit, as Prime Minister of Lebanon, is aimed at developing relations with Russia in all areas. This applies, among other things, to the military and social sphere. And we hope that this visit will help discuss the possibility of buying Russian weapons in order to make the [Lebanese] army stronger and more combat-ready.”

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