"Lebanon strives to preserve stability. We would like for Russia to support us in this and are counting on its support," Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said, following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Sochi, Wednesday.

SOT, Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon (Arabic): "I have met with President Putin. We discussed many issues of mutual interest, which are, first and foremost, economic issues. Yesterday, Prime Minister Medvedev and I held negotiations surrounding economic cooperation. We also discussed the possible provision of military aid to Lebanon; we touched upon the question of preferential purchases of Russian [military] equipment in the form of an open credit line to Lebanon. We discussed problems in the region, the situation there. We shared the same opinion on many topics. We hope to develop these political and economic relations on terms beneficial to both countries."

SOT, Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon (Arabic): "We hope that Russian companies will undertake projects in Lebanon. There are already several companies, including gas and geological exploration firms. They have good chances of working successfully on this project. We encourage Russian companies to come to Lebanon. Regarding the restoration of Syria, Lebanon could become a hub for this. We have a plan to invest in infrastructure. We also welcome Russian companies to take part in the capital investment in these projects. Lebanon could become a hub. We have the Tripoli sea port, railways and airports. After a final political solution has been found for Syria, Lebanon could become a hub for the restoration of Syria."

SOT, Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon (Arabic): "I hope that the President of Lebanon will visit Russia soon."

SOT, Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon (Arabic): "Lebanon strives to preserve stability. We would like for Russia to support us in this and are counting on its support."

SOT, Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon (Arabic): "We are constantly in dialogue with representatives of the representatives of Hezbollah in the [Lebanese] government. We do not understand why some are trying to create a problem [out of this dialogue with Hezbollah]."

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