Lebanese Premier Hariri Becomes 'Chummy' With Putin

Published August 19th, 2018 - 05:00 GMT
President Putin meeting with Saad Hariri  (Twitter)
President Putin meeting with Saad Hariri (Twitter)

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is increasingly “putting Russia in the picture of the Lebanese situation's developments” as well as “his stance on the file of the relation with the Syrian regime,” a media report said.

Hariri is also “following up on the issue of the Syrian refugees in light of the Russian initiative,” political sources told Kuwait's al-Rai daily in remarks published Sunday.

“By relying on an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the PM-designate is trying to protect the country from any plunge into the conflict of axes in the region, especially that Moscow, with a green light from the U.S., is playing the role of the regulator of the Syrian file and its related issues,” the sources added.



“This would provide further balancing elements for the Lebanese situation, which would prevent it from deviating from the constraints of political stability,” the sources went on to say.

Hariri was tasked with forming a new government on May 24. His mission is being hampered by political wrangling over shares, especially over Christian and Druze representation.

The PM-designate told reporters Tuesday that the new government “will not be formed” should the pro-Damascus camp “insist on restoring Lebanese-Syrian ties.” But pro-Hizbullah journalist Salem Zahran said Friday that the PM-designate has “informed Hizbullah” that his remarks were a “slip of the tongue.”


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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