Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 13, 2018. / AFP / SPUTNIK / Alexey NIKOLSKY
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Hariri, Putin discuss bilateral ties, Syria, refugee crisisLess than a month since his reappointment to the premiership, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri sought Wednesday to reassure the Lebanese, saying he was not worried about a delay in the formation of a new government despite what he called the "ambitions" of political parties to grab key ministerial portfolios. Hariri spoke to reporters after an hourlong meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin for talks centering on developments in Lebanon and the region, the Syrian refugee crisis and bilateral relations, including trade, according to a statement released by Hariri's media office. Prince Mohammad is among the other world leaders invited to attend the World Cup's opening match.Asked what his purpose is behind taking his time in forming the government, Hariri said: "There is no purpose. In a bid to accelerate the Cabinet formation, Hariri presented to Aoun Monday a preliminary proposal to form a 30-member government representing all the political parties.At the beginning of the meeting in Moscow, which was also attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Putin congratulated Hariri on his designation to form government, saying: "You have the task of forming the new government.
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