| 14 April 2024, Sunday |

Mikati discusses Beirut’s needs, tackles array of matters with Grand Serail visitors

Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Tuesday chaired a series of meetings at the Grand Serail, which dealt with social, services, and medical issues, in addition to diplomatic and political meetings.

In this context, Mikati welcomed a delegation representing the General Labor Confederation headed by Bechara Al-Asmar, accompanied by Head of the Land Transport Unions, Bassam Tlais.

“We’ve discussed the possibility of supporting the road transport sector in order to put in place a reduced tariff for transport. (…) PM Mikati told us that support funds are not available, so we’ve agreed to discuss other formulas in a meeting next Tuesday at the Grand Serail under the chairmanship of the PM, and in the presence of the ministers of finance, interior, and public works and transportation,” Tlais said on emerging.

Mikati then chaired a meeting to discuss the needs of Beirut city, in the presence of  Caretaker Minister of Environment, Nasser Yassine, MP Waddah Al-Sadek, and Beirut Governor, Judge Marwan Abboud.

“Our meeting with PM Mikati mainly focused on the solid waste plan. We’ve also presented the municipality’s plan to draw electricity to Beirut 24 hours a day. (…) We must exert pressure to give Beirut the “privilege” of 24-hour power supply,” Al-Sadek said on emerging, hoping for a consensual agreement over said proposal. Mikati also welcomed on Tuesday Nepalese Defense Minister, Minendra Rijal, and Nepalese Army Commander, General Prabhu Raj Sharma, who visited him with an accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed.

Mikati seized the opportunity to praise the role played by the Nepalese battalion operating within the UNIFIL forces in south Lebanon.

  • NNA