Mikati from Elysee says determined to implement necessary reforms, hold elections in spring

NNA - In a joint press conference at the Elysee Palace with French President, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, affirmed on Friday his government’s determination to swiftly implement all the necessary reforms.

“France has been and still is Lebanon’s permanent and steadfast ally. I’ve had the great honor and pleasure of meeting with President Macron to discuss an array of issues of great importance to both of our countries,” Mikati said in a word he gave during the press conference.

“Recently, Lebanon has been experiencing a series of crises that have bogged it down in an unprecedented state of distress. However, all throughout this ordeal, Mr. President [Macron], you have always been by our side,” Mikati added, deeming this support of particular importance “because France represents the heart of the international community made up of our Arab brothers and our friends across the world.”

Mikati went on to explain that his meeting with Macron had been an opportunity to express his determination to swiftly implement all the necessary reforms, in cooperation with the Lebanese government and with the support of Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, as well as that of the House of Parliament, “to restore confidence, spread a new breath of hope, and alleviate the sufferings of the Lebanese people.”

“These measures will be decisive in reviving the nation’s economy, in pursuing promising negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, and in kick starting an end to the crisis. I am confident that we can count on France's support in these negotiations,” Mikati added.

Most importantly, Mikati said that he had also assured President Macron of the government's determination to hold parliamentary elections next spring, hoping that this will pave the way for a new political life that the Lebanese people long for.

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Mikati chairs meeting in preparation for Lebanon s participation in COP26
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021

NNA - Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Tuesday chaired a meeting that included Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdullah Bou Habib, and Minister of Environment, Nasser Yassin, in preparation for Lebanon's participation in the “Presidents' Summit” within the activities of the "United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26" on November 1 and 2 in Glasgow - Scotland in the United Kingdom. PM Mikati will be heading Lebanon's delegation, which includes the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Environment.

A statement issued in the wake of the meeting clarified that Lebanon will actively participate in this global forum, despite its dire circumstances, as a contribution to advancing the important path of fighting climate change forward, especially since Lebanon’s circumstances did not prevent it from meeting the global call to increase efforts in the context of climate action, as it recently presented an ambitious update for its nationally determined contributions NDC.

“This confirms Lebanon’s determination to keep pace with this global path, and its belief in combating the climate crisis by adopting the path leading to achieving sustainable development, especially within the framework of the financial and economic advancement plan,” the statement added.

“The summit will also be an occasion to hold side meetings with senior international officials to mobilize support for the path of recovery and sustainable recovery that the Lebanese government is working on,” the statement concluded.

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