08/04/2017 - 04:18 AM




NNA - President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Thursday urged the Cabinet to endorse and immediately start implementing an economic plan, after he gave the ministers a report of the economic and financial situation of the country at the beginning of the session. 

"It is very important to approve an economic plan, and to implement it as soon as possible," Aoun told a Cabinet session at Baabda palace today. 

For his part, Prime Minister Saad Hariri informed the Cabinet of the outcome of his fresh visit to the U.S., and the "positive" talks he held with Washington officials, as well as with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. 

Moreover, Hariri hoped that the Finance and Budget House committee would finalize the state budget bill. 

"The security and political stability lessens the financial burden and paves the way for investments," he indicated. 

Reading out the Cabinet decisions to reporters, Information Minister Melhem Riachy indicated that a ministerial committee was formed and tasked with implementing the election law. The committee comprises Ministers Talal Arslan, Ali Hassan Khalil, Mohammad Fneish, Gebran Bassil, Nohad Mashnouq, Pierre Bou Assi, and Youssef Fenianos. 

Riachy added that the Cabinet appointed Judge Henri Khoury as head of the State Shura Council, replacing Judge Shukri Sader. 

"Mustafa Bayram has been appointed as Inspector General, Wael Khaddaj as Financial Inspector General, and Hadi Abu Farhat as member of OGERO Committee; the membership of Ghassan Daher in the OGERO Committee has been also renewed," Riachy indicated. 

Asked whether the Cabinet discussed Kuwait's protest over an alleged involvement of Hezbollah in a terror cell in the Gulf state, Riachy said that Hezbollah ministers had denied the allegations. 

"This matter is being followed up by the Foreign Ministries of Lebanon and Kuwait in a way that serves the two countries' best interested," he said. 




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