Bassil Reportedly Only Minister to Accompany Aoun to Moscow
President Michel Aoun has agreed with Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil that he would be the only minister to accompany him on his first official visit to Russia on March 26, a media report said.
“Aoun's picking of Bassil exclusively and the decision not to form a delegation as per custom might be linked to the intention of the president and the foreign minister to keep their discussions with the Russian officials under wraps,” MTV reported on Tuesday.
Speaking to MTV, unnamed sources did not rule out that the visit could be linked to “the calculations of the presidential race, in which Moscow will certainly be a key player.”
“Accordingly, the visit might represent an opportunity to strengthen Bassil's relation with the Russian leadership,” the sources added.