Supporting the Lebanese Army is main topic in upcoming Putin-Hariri talks


Russia's President Putin meets Lebanon's former prime minister Saad al-Hariri in MoscowBy Youssef Diab

The visit of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Moscow and his meeting with President Vladimir Putin next Monday carries several revealed titles, such as supporting the Lebanese Army to face terrorism and discuss the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon.

The visit also carries concealed political headings, which are very sensitive to Kremlin.

Putin and Hariri are expected to tackle the fate of head of the Syrian regime Bashar al-Assad in the transitional political phase in Syria.

Observers close to Hariri do not deny that the prime minister’s mission in Moscow would be difficult, as Hariri might not be capable to convince Putin to give up on Assad.

Head of the Beirut-based Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, Sami Nader told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Russian president knows that Hariri represents an Arab and regional voice.

For his part, member of the Future parliamentary bloc MP Okab Sakr said that Hariri’s visit to the Russian capital plans to mainly discuss the Lebanese situation, considering that Moscow is now a main player in the Middle East and the Arab world.

“Hariri hopes that Russia plays a positive role in the region, which would also reflects positively on Russia itself,” Sakr told Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday, adding that the prime minister’s talks in Moscow will push in this direction.

The deputy spoke about the importance of improving relations between Beirut and Moscow.

“The Lebanese Prime Minister will have a real say in the Syrian file as Lebanon is highly affected by the Syrian crisis, and was previously occupied by the Syrian regime,” Sakr said.

Despite the difficulty to change Russia’s position vis-à-vis Assad’s presence in Syria, Sakr uncovered that “in the backstage, the Russian leadership knows that Assad has no role in the future of Syria, but the problem lies in who will replace Assad during the transitional phase.”

He said that Hariri has no illusion that he could change the position of Putin, but, at least the prime minister will show the Russian president the dangers of keeping Assad and their repercussions on the future of both Syria and Lebanon.
Asharq Al-Awsat



5 responses to “Supporting the Lebanese Army is main topic in upcoming Putin-Hariri talks”

  1. Hind Abyad Avatar

    Bullkhara. . Hariri supported Hezbollah to becomed Prime Minister mainly to salvage his bankrupt company in Saudi Arabia. Now his main topic is Lebanese Army .. and he supports Hollywood White Helmets terrorists.
    Fascinating, where do these politicians find the energy to live in such corruption??
    ‘Hariri firm in Saudi Arabia ‘facing bankruptcy’

    1. If he turns around and think of Lebanon for a change, then that is a good thing. Alas ALL of them politicians are for their pockets. Regardless, whomsoever arms the LAFs is welcome. If the army gains back its strength my hope is that Hezbollah’s militia will head back to their daily lives. That being said, I do believe Saad is playing the US a la Sissi. When Sissi regained power Obama stopped the aids to Egypt. Sissi visited Russia and the US reversed course. I think this is just a game to scare the Americans.

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar

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        1. Nice and very clear article… I wish people would read it.

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