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Communication between Lebanon and Syria is "needed" for the benefit of both countries, Russia's envoy to Beirut said Thursday after a meeting with caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, a Foreign Ministry statement said. Bassil's discussions with Russian Ambassador Alexander Zasypkin revolved around a recent Russian proposal for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.However, Russia's proposal for Syrian refugee returns has been put on hold in recent weeks, after reported objections by the United States.Zasypkin noted that a committee would be formed in the coming days to set the Russian-led initiative in Lebanon in motion, and Bassil informed the Russian envoy that the Lebanese Foreign Ministry had completed its work to this end.
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