Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has said parts of neighbouring Syria are peaceful and stable, adding that his country sees no reason for Syrian refugees to remain on its territory.
Bassil’s remarks at a news conference on Monday came after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.
Several thousand Syrian refugees in Lebanon have started to return to their homes in Syria voluntarily in recent months. About one million Syrian refugees have been registered by the United Nations in Lebanon.
The Middle Eastern country also said it wanted Russian companies to compete in a new tender to develop oil and gas deposits in Lebanon.
The project would encourage regional stability if a Russian company successfully secured the tender, Bassil said.
Lavrov has also asked the secretary general of the United Nations why the organisation is not participating in Syria’s reconstruction.
Russia has been attempting to garner international support for the reconstruction of war-torn Syria.
“It’s important to help those areas that the refugees can return to,” said Putin, whose decision for Russia to militarily intervene in Syria’s conflict in 2015 tilted the odds in favour of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who has regained large swathes of land from armed rebel groups.
“I think it’s in everyone’s interests, including Europe’s,” Putin had said.
Source : www.aljazeera.com