The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received today at the Grand Serail the Russian Minister of Education Olga Vasilyeva, accompanied by the Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin and Hariri’s advisor for Russian affairs George Chaaban.

After the meeting, the Russian minister said: “The visit to Prime Minister Hariri comes in the framework of the first forum of the Arab-Russian universities federation currently held in Beirut. We discussed ways to develop the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of culture and education and we stressed the necessity of achieving a good level of cooperation in these fields.

However, this needs to strengthen relations in light of the agreement that is under consideration regarding the recognition of Russian certificates in Lebanon and of Lebanese certificates in Russia.

We also talked about the number of scholarships for Lebanese students in Russian university with Russian funding and agreed to increase them. We examined expanding Russian language courses in Lebanon and Arabic language courses in Russia, and we consider that the first step will be through opening a school in Beqaa that teaches some classes in Russian.

We briefed the Prime Minister on the forum that held yesterday and today in Beirut for the Presidents of Russian and Lebanese universities. We also discussed the issue of establishing a Russian-Arab university and Prime Minister Hariri supported the idea. During the meeting the President of Moscow State University talked about the possibility of establishing a branch in Lebanon.”

Hariri also received the Nigerian ambassador to Lebanon Goni Modu Zanna Bura and discussed with him the situation and the bilateral relations.

Source: National News Agency