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Lebanese PM: Nobody Wants to Hamper Government Work

Lebanese PM: Nobody Wants to Hamper Government Work

Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 - 09:00
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri during his meeting with a delegation from the Press Syndicate. (NNA)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that he was working “for the interests of the citizens, the economy and Lebanon,” stressing that none of the political parties wanted to hamper the government’s work.

Addressing a delegation from the Press Syndicate at the Grand Serail, Hariri announced the imminent approval of the State budget, adding that the electricity crisis would be resolved soon.

“As promised in the ministerial statement, the budget will be reformative and will reduce the squandering of public funds,” he said.

“All parties want solutions for electricity, waste, the displaced and the fight against squandering and corruption, as well as the adoption of the budget. My duty is to reach common ground with everyone, increase investments in the country, encourage foreign investors and restore confidence in the state,” he added.

Moreover, the premier hailed Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift the travel ban on its citizens, pointing out that more than 12,000 Saudi tourists visited Lebanon within a few days after the decision was taken and that the total number of tourists through Beirut airport increased by 20 percent during the first two months of 2019.

“We are working now with the United Arab Emirates to reach a similar decision,” he remarked.

On the reform plans adopted at last year’s CEDRE Conference, Hariri said: “The achievements will come and all political parties want to implement [agreements reached in] CEDRE and carry out reforms and fight corruption.”

He continued: “There can be corrupt people in all political parties. The important thing is the decision that no one will cover the corrupt and there is no red line that stops the judiciary from prosecuting any perpetrator.”

He also reiterated Lebanon’s commitment to its policy of dissociation from regional conflicts and to the Arab League’s stance towards the Syrian regime.

“Where is Lebanon’s interest in becoming embroiled in a confrontation with the Arab League and international community?” he asked, referring to a question about the normalization of ties with the regime.

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