President Michel Aoun meets with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister for Middle Eastern Affairs Mikhail Bogdanov in Saudi Arabia Saturday April 14, 2018. (The Daily Star/Aoun's office, HO)
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A Russian official said that Russia will support Lebanon in returning Syrian refugees to their country, during a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.The Lebanese government estimates roughly 1.5 million Syrians are residing in Lebanon, while the number registered with the U.N. refugee agency in Lebanon dropped below 1 million by the end of last year.A date for an official visit by Aoun to Russia will be set after Russian President Vladimir Putin's inauguration on May 7, Bodanov added.
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