Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives to speak at a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of his father in Beirut, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri begins an official visit to Moscow Wednesday in the latest of his regional and international trips aimed at shielding Lebanon from the repercussions of regional conflicts, Future officials said Monday.During his visit, Hariri is scheduled to hold talks with senior Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Hariri signed the military grant agreement during his official visit to Moscow as prime minister of Lebanon in November 2010 .Hariri will be accompanied on his visit to Moscow by two political aides, former MPs Bassem Sabaa and Ghattas Khoury, and Nader Hariri, chief of Hariri's staff. The Moscow trip comes less than a month after Hariri ended a several-day visit to Washington during which he had talks with U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the Congress. At the end of his U.S. visit, Hariri warned that Lebanon was threatened with a renewal of civil war unless the rival Lebanese factions acted to elect a president and fight religious extremism.
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