Prime Minister Najib Mikati affirmed that “the cooperation of all parties is very important to put Lebanon on the path of recovery,” noting that “the first step we are working on is to stop the collapse occurring in the country and end the immediate problems related to securing electricity and resolving the medicine and fuel crisis, in parallel with the transition To address other problems in cooperation with the relevant international bodies.
The Prime Minister had received a delegation of economic bodies headed by former Minister Mohamed Choucair before noon at the Grand Serail.
During the meeting, Choucair congratulated President Mikati on the formation of the government, wishing him “good luck and success, and being able, during this short period, to stop the decline and collapse and save the country.”
Choucair stressed that “the seriousness and difficulty of the situation at various levels requires concerted efforts and capabilities to get Lebanon and the Lebanese out of the bottleneck.”
He pointed out that “the economic bodies have developed a short paper of nine points to deal with the basic requirements for reviving the economy, stimulating the private sector, securing social protection and improving services and infrastructure,” hoping that “these points will be followed up with Prime Minister Mikati and his team.”
He also indicated, “The bodies will hold successive meetings with the ministers concerned with the economic aspect and will put his country in all developments regarding the files that will be discussed.”
The Prime Minister chaired a meeting to complete the research on the issue of the financing card, which included Deputy Prime Minister His Excellency Al-Shami, Minister of Social Affairs Hector Hajjar, Minister of Economy and Trade Amin Salam, Minister of Finance Youssef Al-Khalil, Representative Nicolas Nahas, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Mahmoud Makiya, and Director of the Office of President Mikati Karim beauty.
After the meeting, Minister Hajjar spoke, and said: “We held a meeting of the ministerial committee concerned with the financing card with the president and the concerned ministers, and the details of the implementation mechanism were discussed, and we have overcome some obstacles, and we hope in the coming hours that the opinions will be united and that we will finish what must be finished.”
In turn, Minister Salam spoke, and said: “Following what Minister Hajjar stated, as we are cooperating together as two ministries on the issue of the financing card, work is underway to overcome some obstacles, and we are striving to be able to reach positive results with the full support of President Mikati, considering that the financing card is It is a priority that must be reached, and what can be said is that work is underway in the positive direction, and we expect to reach a positive result in the coming days to ease public opinion.”
In response to a question about reconsidering what was agreed upon by the previous committee, or whether the research was limited to the mechanism for registering the beneficiaries of it, Hajjar replied: “There is a re-reading. They signed it, therefore, during this stage, we are re-reading this reading to ensure all the details, standards and work mechanisms, provided that we sign after the final agreement and then move to the implementation stage.”
The Prime Minister met with the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Lebanon and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Najat Rushdie, with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister HE Al-Shami, and the situation in Lebanon and ways to support the Lebanese people at this stage were presented.
After the meeting, Rushdie spoke, and she said: The meeting with President Mikati was very important and we touched on priorities and how the United Nations supports these emergency priorities, as well as how to support Lebanon to get out of its crises, and I focused on the “social safety net” strategy because we want to make sure that basic services arrive To all citizens and to reach a time when the Lebanese do not need humanitarian aid. We also discussed the issue of the United Nations’ support for these priorities and the way we work together, including the preparation for providing cash assistance and the importance of adopting the principle of transparency in these standards, in addition to the existence of international standards for aid to reach directly to all those in need. We also agreed on the importance of the principle of Accountability on which trust is built by citizens, as well as by the international community.
In response to a question about the speed with which the United Nations responds to what Lebanon needs, she replied: “We are counting on Prime Minister Mikati and the ministers to initiate clear reforms, which is what the country needs if we want to get out of its crisis, and the criterion for the government’s success is the way to approach reforms, not what is required. Not only working on urgent matters in the short term, but also coming up with a medium and long-term vision.
The Prime Minister met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Abdullah Bu Habib, and discussed with him the affairs of his ministry.
President Mikati received the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Middle East Airlines, Muhammad Al-Hout, and discussed with him the company’s status and development plans, in addition to improving services at Martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri International Airport.