Hariri receives Kubis and Rampling

The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received today at the Grand Serail the British Ambassador to Lebanon Chris Rampling.

At the end of the meeting, Rampling said: It is always a pleasure to meet with Prime Minister Saad Hariri. We discussed the latest developments and I welcomed the Prime Minister's strong commitment in tackling the government deficit through measures in the 2019 budget, as well as the political consensus over taking the necessary steps to reform the electricity sector. As I told the Prime Minister, the rest of the international community and I look forward to seeing the implementation of these plans. Lebanese and Internationals are looking for those steps. While they are difficult, they are crucial in sending the positive signs that Lebanese needs.

The Prime Minister and I also discussed the latest regional situation, including relations with neighbors and I am sure we will continue discussing those urgent issues.

Finally, I congratulated the Prime Minister on Dima Jamali's electoral success in Tripoli and I look forward to working with her. On my last visit to the city I saw evidence of the many projects the UK is supporting in Tripoli, including the revitalization of the Old city, the souks and the corniche, in education, conflict resolution and also many other areas.

I told the Prime Minister that the UK will continue to support projects to improve the lives of Lebanese citizens in Tripoli and throughout Lebanon and that the UK is now working up ideas for further support to Tripoli and other towns outside Beirut. Improving services, education and the economic situation in Lebanon is crucial to the United Kingdom.

Hariri also met with the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis and discussed with him the situation and the activities of the United Nations in Lebanon.

He received later on the Mufti of Zahle and Bekaa Sheikh Khalil al-Mais, the Mufti of Sidon Sheikh Salim Soussan, the Mufti of Hasbaya and Marjeyoun Sheikh Hassan Dalli, the Mufti of Bekaa and Hermel Sheikh Khaled al-Solh and the Mufti of Tyre Sheikh Medrar Habbal, in the presence of Mohammed al-Sammak and Hariri's advisor for religious affairs Ali al-Janani. The muftis congratulated Premier Hariri on his recovery after his heart procedure.

Source: National News Agency