Gemayel visits Berri: The biggest challenge facing the government is economic

Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, received this Wednesday in Ain el-Tineh, the Kataeb Party leader, MP Sami Gemayel, accompanied by his deputy, former minister Salim al-Sayegh, and MP Elias Hankash.In the wake of the meeting, MP Gemayel delivered a st...

Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, received this Wednesday in Ain el-Tineh, the Kataeb Party leader, MP Sami Gemayel, accompanied by his deputy, former minister Salim al-Sayegh, and MP Elias Hankash.

In the wake of the meeting, MP Gemayel delivered a statement in which he said "in light of the ongoing consultations on several topics, most notably the subject of parliamentary committees and the formation of the government, we wished on the Speaker giving priority to the issue of administrative decentralization," suggesting the formation of a parliamentary committee to follow-up on this matter, "thus setting a challenge to us in the first two years of the Council's mandate to pass this law and offer the Lebanese a new stage in developmental work."

"We talked with Speaker Berri about the economic situation. There is great fear (...) of the economic reality we have reached today, which needs very quick steps and measures by the government to stop the long-standing waste," Gemayel said, assuring that the main challenge facing the country is economic and addressing it requires the adoption of radical measures.

On a different note, Berri received the Egyptian Ambassador Nazih Al-Najari and discussed with him developments in Lebanon and the region.

Berri then met with the World Bank's Regional Director, Saroj Kumar, with whom he tackled the Bank's projects in Lebanon.

At 2:30 pm, Berri received a US parliamentary delegation that included Darrell Issa, Stephen Lynch and a number of aides, administrators and US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard. Talks dealt with developments in Lebanon and the region.

Source: National News Agency