Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil meets Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto at the Foreign Ministry in Beirut, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra).
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