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Prime Minister Saad Hariri held talks Monday at the Grand Serail with Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Serguei Boukin, in the presence of the PM’s advisers Mohammed Shatah and George Shaaban.

“I wished Lebanon every success in facing all the difficulties that it encounters from time to time. I also wished prosperity and happiness to the Lebanese government and people,” said Boukin following the meeting.

Asked whether Russia had any fears regarding the local developments in Lebanon, the ambassador said: “I don’t see that there is any fear. We see from time to time some difficulties that arise due to some unfortunate incidents. But as I said before, we always rely on the flexibility and political wisdom of the Lebanese people and the Lebanese political class, who can always overcome all difficulties.”

As to his country’s position regarding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Boukin stated: “Our position is still the same, without any change. Our principled position is known, and we support the Tribunal and the honest, non-politicized and unbiased investigation in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri, in order to reveal the truth behind all the terrorist acts committed in this country during the past years.”

“All this so that the peaceful development of Lebanon would prevail, based on national reconciliation and taking into consideration the interests of all communities and political forces in Lebanon,” he added. Naharnet

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