Hariri Meets Aoun, Agrees with Him on Speeding Up Govt. Work


Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday visited the Baabda Palace where he met with President Michel Aoun, a day after he held a sharp-toned press conference.

“The meeting was positive and we agreed on the need to speed up the government's work to reach the needed achievements,” Hariri said after the talks.

“We must rein in the exchange of tirades through the media,” Hariri added.

Describing the draft state budget recently approved by the government as “historic,” the premier said the Cabinet will convene next week.

“I talked with Speaker Nabih Berri about expediting the approval of the state budget in Parliament,” Hariri added.

Noting that his relation with Aoun is “cordial,” the prime minister underlined that “there is on dispute over administrative appointments.”

“We must return to calm and resume our work instead of resorting to disputes,” he said.

Hariri had on Tuesday criticized several parties over the political tensions that the country witnessed during his vacation abroad but noted that he is still keen on the political settlement with the other camp.

“One cannot remain silent over mistakes or over any unacceptable remarks that breach the red lines and norms and the country can't be run through gaffes,” Hariri said in an apparent reference to Free Patriotic Movement chief and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil.

“We cannot disregard the anger in the Sunni community, which is real and has resulted from the political stances of some political partners,” Hariri added.

Comments 4
Thumb whyaskwhy 12 June 2019, 19:03

Its such a waste to see what he has done to his fathers legacy and the Suni community not to mention the rest of Lebanon with his "inability-actions".
As a PM he is by default the most influential person in Lebanon's government and if he cared would take this job seriously enough and become impartial enough to lead the will of the nation over the will of others or his own. Just wasteful!

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 12 June 2019, 20:17

The main problem is that the daughters, sorry I mean the presidential advisers, are running the presidency. Aoun is just and empty suit barely operating on meds. Mirelle is being talked up as his heir rather that Gebran. Bassil's daily tirades are tantamount to the tamper tantrums of a little spoiled child.

Missing ysurais 13 June 2019, 15:50

There are no reforms , no vision and no path for the country in this draft budget... only slashing money and taxing people..

Thumb s.o.s 13 June 2019, 16:46

No vision whatsoever. I’ve rarely seen such a huge gathering of incompetent politicians.