| 21 May 2024, Tuesday |

Mikati: No objection to visiting Syria if it does not provoke sanctions.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati affirmed that “there are laws that will be sent to the parliament, in addition to existing laws proposals already in the parliament, the most important of which is the Capital Control. Likewise, the legal deadlines for elections must be decided upon as soon as possible, before the blessed month of Ramadan.”

After his meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain al-Tineh, Mikati thanked him for the effort exerted in the confidence session, and discussed some points that took place in Paris. He added, “Berry asked me specific questions and I answered back, as I explained the issue of organizational decrees for the laws issued by Parliament, where there are more than 20 organizational decrees ready, and we will urge the ministers to approve them.”

Replying to a question about visiting Syria, Mikati stressed that “there are historical relations between Lebanon and Syria, my first concern is Lebanon, and if such a visit does not provoke sanctions, there is no objection in doing it.”

He stressed that “we will not cancel the municipal elections, and the parliamentary elections will be held in accordance with the laws in force. He called on the media to comfort the Lebanese. You pray and we to work.”

As forthe port’s investigations, he stressed that “it is not permissible for the judge to be change again, because the investigation will lose its credibility, and I hope that the law will be reconsidered and that Judge Tariq Bitar will abide by the constitution.”

Mikati also promised to hold meetings with the media once a month in the Grand Sarail.