The caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati held a series of diplomatic and ministerial meetings at the Grand Serail today. In this context, he received the Ambassador of France, Anne Griot, En Griot, and held with her a horizon tour that dealt with the current situation in Lebanon and the region.
Mikati also received the U.S. Ambassador to the United States, Dorothy Shea, and presented her bilateral files, especially those related to the issue of U.S. mediation to demarcate Lebanese maritime borders.
Task Force for the Lebanon Group
Then Mikati, in the presence of Ambassador Shea, received a delegation from the “American Task Force for Lebanon” (Task Force for Lebanon), led by Mr.
Advisors to President Mikati, former Minister Nicolas Nahas and Ziad Mikati also attended the meeting.
After the meeting, Gabriel said: “The US working group is visiting Lebanon this week to meet with officials to explain what US policymakers are currently thinking about Lebanese – US relations, and to follow up. We had a fruitful visit through President Joe Biden to the region and its impact on the energy file with Lebanon. “
We met today, Prime Minister Mikati, and there were good discussions about the importance of joining the International Monetary Fund program quickly, and there is no time left. From now until the end of the year, “Parliament and the government are taking a lot of steps faster, and the United States has begun to feel the pressure of the international community, and Lebanese officials need to do something to support the Lebanese people.”
He added, “We also discussed the issue of wheat and the importance of putting pressure on Russia to release wheat from ports in Ukraine, and President Mikati was interested in this issue and promised to do everything possible on this “He warned that if the government and parliament did not act quickly, Lebanon would be threatened with disaster.”
Financial Action Group
President Mikati received a delegation from the Financial Action Task Force “Ghafi” led by the group’s President for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Muhammad Al-Rashdan. During the meeting, they discussed Lebanon’s commitment to international standards for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and weapons of mass destruction set by the group.
After the meeting, the Secretary-General of the Special Investigation Commission and the coordinator of the visit, Abdel Hafeez Mansour, spoke and said: “The delegation will visit Lebanon and stay there for three weeks and make visits to ministries, departments. , public prosecutors and the private sector to conduct investigations and review the situation of departments to determine the extent to which Lebanon is committed to international standards against the fight against money laundering, terrorist financing and weapons of mass destruction developed by the “Gavi” group , ie the “Financial Action Group”.
He added: “This process is very serious and lasts from 14 to 16 months, and I started my office work, which represented a review of legislation and laws, which started at the end of last year. The results are coming as we had hoped. “
Minister of Economy
President Mikati met with the caretaker Minister of Economy and Trade, Amin Salam, who announced after the meeting: “President Mikati has placed three basic files in an atmosphere, namely: the file of the World Bank’s emergency loan related with the subsidization of the Lebanese wheat, and I am assured that a high-ranking technical delegation from the World Bank showed up to work with us to implement this loan, which reached the parliamentary committees and promised that it to the General Assembly of the House of Representatives in the first session for approval.To ensure wheat for the next nine months, and at a subsidy price that leads, to a stage where another support mechanism is established, represented by support by the financing card so that the Lebanese state stops subsidizing goods and direct support for wheat, and the support is addressed directly to the consumer and the most needy classes.
He added: “From now until the implementation of the World Bank loan, which can last a month, we are assured that there are subsidized shipments of wheat imported by the private sector amounting to more than 45 thousand tons, and there are quantities that will arrive during the current week and next week that cover the Lebanese market’s need for Arab bread. ” For a month and a half and more, we have also been assured that the credits are still open, and there is no justification for creating crises and intimidating people, as the credits are available and the quantities requested.
He continued, “With the full support of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, all the security services and ministries involved will be on the side of the Lebanese citizen and the Ministry of Economy to curb all the traders of the crises. ., and all begging himself to repeat what we saw last month of stealing public money and stealing flour. We hope he will not make us traders. ” In crises, we take stricter measures to ensure a bite of bread. “
In response to a question, he said: “As far as the issue of the Beirut port levies is concerned, there is a decision issued by the Council of Ministers to abolish the levies, but it has been suspended for further notice out of respect for the families of the martyrs who demanded to be patient until cases became clear in the judicial inquiry. ”
He called for “a radical solution to the issue of silos through an integrated project. There are thousands of tonnes of grain inside and outside the silos that are fermenting and leading to fires. There is a technical team following up on this issue, and every step taken to put out the fires is taken with great accuracy, and the army helicopters worked to put out the fires, but the results It was not as expected.We look at how to put out the fires to put out the smoke that released and disturb the people living next to the harbor. “
In response to a question, he pointed out that “there is no environmental damage to this smoke, and we will continue our efforts to find the best way to address this issue and reach a final and integrated solution that represents is in the demolition of nonsense, but the first concern, as the president said, is about public safety, because no one suffers harm to anyone. ” .
President Mikati received a delegation from the Army Command and received from him the invitation from the Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, to celebrate the Army Day, which will be held on the first of next August at Shukri Ghanem Barracks in Fiyadia.
The delegation included: Head of the Protocol Authority, Brigadier General Ibrahim Trou, Head of the Public Relations Division in the Military Chamber, Colonel PSC Naji Bou Zayan, and of the Directorate of Intelligence, Head of Public Relations, Colonel Ahmed Hajj Shehadeh.