Bogdanov concludes Lebanon visit: Syrian crisis to be solved via Geneva communique

Sun 28 Apr 2013 at 10:08 Politics

NNA - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov concluded on Sunday his three-day visit to Lebanon and summed up to the press the positive results of his trip, particularly in formulating a clearer vision as to future bilateral ties and further cooperation between Russia and Lebanon, and he touched on the Syrian crisis asserting that it could only be solved on the basis of the Geneva communique.


During his tour, the top Russian official held talks with President Michel Sleiman, caretaker Premier Najib Mikati, Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, and key political figures. The focus of these talks centered on latest local and regional developments. Bogdanov also met with Secretary General of Syria's National Coordination Body.


"Our visit helped us develop a vision regarding the future of Lebanese-Russian ties," he said.


"I met at the Russian embassy with organizers of the Syrian opposition and a delegation headed by Secretary General of Syria's National Coordination Body, which we find to be a main organization in the ranks of the Syrian opposition."


He went on to explain that the stance of this organization represented a program to resolve the crisis.


"This program complies with our vision, and its points correspond to the Geneva communique of June 30 of last year, which we find to be irreplaceable."


Said communique, which aimed at finding a solution to the Syrian crisis, insisted that the only way out was through inter-Syrian dialogue.



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