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Lebanon's PM Promises Reforms Despite Campaigns

Lebanon's PM Promises Reforms Despite Campaigns

Wednesday, 2 October, 2019 - 07:30
PM Saad Hariri chaired Tuesday the meeting of the "technical committee to coordinate services in the governorates" at the Grand Serail. (NNA)

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has reiterated his determination to achieve the desired reforms, advance the country and overcome the difficult crisis it is going through.


"Whatever the campaigns they launch against me and whatever they say, write or do, I will continue to work,” the PM said Tuesday as he chaired the meeting of the "technical committee to coordinate services in the governorates" at the Grand Serail.


Hariri admitted the country is going through a difficult economic situation, prompting the government to take bold decisions.


“Every time we make an accomplishment, someone criticizes it. Some politicians claim that they have nothing to do with what is happening, while what we are experiencing is due to the disagreements between all political parties, including al-Mustaqbal movement,” he said.


The PM made the comments as his government is busy drafting the 2020 state budget.


On Tuesday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, Philippe Lazzarini, met with Hariri and stressed the importance of delivering on reforms.


“We also discussed the importance of maintaining or reestablishing the confidence in the economy,” the UN official said.


“We are now working on the issue of chaos among some exchange offices and this issue is on the track. I am not saying that we do not have problems, but we are working day and night to address the current situation, while others are propagating rumors via WhatsApp or others and this is what we are facing now,” Hariri said Tuesday.


He admitted that the financial situation is difficult but not impossible to resolve. “We can save the country and this requires courage and bold decisions,” the PM added.


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