| 23 May 2024, Thursday |

PM Mikati signs banking secrecy law, holds talks with US ambassador

Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Tuesday welcomed at the Grand Serail US Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea.

The Premiere also had an audience with Ms. Melanie Hauenstein, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Lebanon, who said after the meeting: “I’ve discussed with the Prime Minister the continuation of our support, as well as the next steps, for the digital transformation strategy that we successfully launched last week at the Grand Serail.”

She added, “We’ve also discussed ways through which the United Nations Development Program could support the Lebanese coordination mechanisms — represented by the Disaster and Risk Management Unit at the Grand Serail — to combat the outbreak of the cholera epidemic in Lebanon.”

The Prime Minister separately welcomed, in the presence of caretaker Minister of State for Administrative Development Najla Riachi, an international delegation representing the “Stolen Funds Recovery Initiative”, headed by Dr. Badr Al-Banna.

During the meeting, Mikati affirmed his “full support for the delegation’s mission and reliance on their expertise, especially through the assistance they had provided in this regard in several Arab and African countries.”

For his part, the head of the delegation, Dr. Al-Banna, expressed “full readiness to help Lebanon develop a strategy of its own in the field of recovering stolen funds.”

The Prime Minister then met with Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdullah Bou Habib, with whom he discussed the country’s general situation, as well as an array of ministerial affairs.

On another level, the Prime Minister signed the Banking Secrecy Law, as stated by the Presidency of the House of Parliament, and then referred it to the Presidency of the Republic.

  • NNA