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, Rahi meet at Grand Serail
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021

NNA - Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rahi underlined that there is a door to solutions, in remarks made following his meeting with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, whom he visited at the Grand Serail on Tuesday, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, Judge Mahmoud Makieh, and the Maronite Patriarchal Media Officer, Walid Ghayad.

"I am glad that we are not in a closed room. There is indeed a door to a solution," said the prelate.

He called for ending the disruption of the governmental work, urging the council of ministers to convene.

In response to a question about the Tayouneh events, Rahi highlighted the necessity to protect the judiciary, the law, and the Constitution to reach solutions.
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