"We are currently in a state of war against terrorism. There are both Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra [both banned in Russia] militants at our northern and eastern borders. The Lebanese army is fighting them on a daily basis, and in this regard it needs support. We are working in several directions with the Russian side," Khalil said.
Beirut expects to "strengthen this cooperation and hopes that Russia will provide additional support to the Lebanese armed forces," he added.