Russia's President Vladimir Putin bestowed upon Advisor to Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Russian Affairs, George Shaaban, the "Order of Friendship" citation.
In his speech marking the Russian National Day at the Kremlin earlier today, Putin praised the role of Shaaban in "strengthening the Russian-Lebanese bilateral relations for the benefit of both peoples and countries."
In turn, Shaaban thanked President Putin for his relentless efforts and role in developing and boosting the friendly relations between Lebanon and Russia throughout his career.
Shaaban lauded "the Russian leadership's support for Lebanon at various international forums," as well as "the role played by Russia in advocating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon."
"The Lebanese people appreciate the great contribution of Russia to the fight against terrorism and the establishment of stability and peace in Lebanon and the Middle East," Shaaban underscored.
In this connection, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri congratulated Shaaban on receiving this high-ranking citation, commending Russia's remarkable gesture.
Source: National News Agency