Berri contacts Hariri to check on his health, meets with Bteish, Khazen, Parliamentary Economy and Planning Committee

House Speaker Nabih Berri contacted Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Monday to check on his health condition, after undergoing a cardiac catheterization procedure in the French capital, Paris.

During his meetings at Ain El-Teeneh Palace this afternoon, Speaker Berri conferred with Economy Minister Mansour Bteish over the general economic situation in Lebanon.

"Speaker Berri is a key official in the country, and our talks today dwelt on the delicate economic conditions prevailing in the country," said Bteish following the encounter.

"Hopefully in the next few days we will be able to crystallize economic and financial perspectives under the patronage of the President, House Speaker and Prime Minister," he added.

The House Speaker later met with Lebanon's Ambassador to the Vatican, Farid El-Khazen.

Members of the Parliamentary Economic and Planning Committee, headed by MP Nemat Frem, also called on Speaker Berri this afternoon.

On emerging, Frem said: "Our meeting with the House Speaker today was devoted to tackling the economic developments and the work of the Committee...We discussed the issue of the economy in general and the need for planning, especially in having a road map for the Committee's work this year."

"We also highlighted the need for communicating with all ministries and departments to have a plan of action to reach a single comprehensive and economic vision, in coordination with the Ministry of Economy that has the executive authority over the economic plan in Lebanon," he added.

"We also talked about the importance of the budget under the current circumstances, especially with regards to reducing the public deficit, and the initiatives and ideas by the Ministry of Finance in coordination with all ministries to yield a budget that would enable the country to reach safety shore," Frem indicated.

Source: National News Agency