The new Lebanese government pledged to resume negotiations with creditors to agree on a mechanism to restructure the public debt in the interest of the country.
The government appreciated the French initiative, and pledged to abide by all its provisions, stressing, “We will develop a plan to correct the situation of the banking sector.”
This came during a meeting held by the committee headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who chaired on Wednesday the third and final meeting of the ministerial committee in charge of drafting the ministerial statement in his office in the Grand Serail, according to a statement issued by his official website.
Last Friday, a new government of 24 ministers, including one woman, was formed, headed by Mikati, to succeed Hassan Diab’s resigned government, 13 months after its resignation.
The new Lebanese government engaged in preparing a ministerial statement that will determine its fate before Parliament, which will give it confidence, after its Caesarean birth ended with the announcement of its formation.
The ministerial statement usually includes the general policy of the government and the main files and topics that it will deal with during the period of assuming its responsibilities.
After the meeting, Information Minister George Kordahi said, “The committee drafting the ministerial statement has approved the draft statement, and it will be discussed in the cabinet session that will be held at four in the afternoon tomorrow at Baabda Palace to be approved, in the hope that the new government will represent the parliament at the beginning of the week. Next, to request the confidence of the House of Representatives on the basis of this ministerial statement.
“There is an understanding between all the ministers, and there are no differences, as some have said,” adding, “Our intention is good and we want to work together because the country can no longer tolerate it,” Qardahi continued.
“First of all, we want to secure electricity, diesel and gasoline for the people, and we are not with slogans, but with actions,” he said, noting that “the media will be informed of the content of the ministerial statement after it is approved by the Council of Ministers.”
And the “ministerial statement” is the government’s work program for the next stage, in light of which the parliamentary blocs announce their position on the government by granting it confidence or not.
A committee was formed to draft the ministerial statement (the government’s plan) headed by the Prime Minister and the membership of each of his deputy and the ministers of justice, energy, finance, culture, interior, administrative development, media, education, labor and agriculture.
The ministerial committee in charge of drafting the government’s ministerial statement held consecutive meetings for two days before announcing the completion of the statement.
This period is considered a record in Lebanon, where the constitution gives the government a full month to complete its statement.
Earlier, Lebanese media quoted political sources as saying that the statement will focus on the economic aspect by negotiating with the International Monetary Fund and donor countries to obtain grants and soft loans, and implementing McKinsey’s plans for economic recovery, the CEDRE conference and the French initiative, and it will also include items related to With bread, electricity, people’s needs, fuel, and a financing card.
She added that the statement will be brief and not loose, and will include the government’s general policy and the basic files and topics that it will address during the period of its responsibilities.
At the forefront of these files is the commitment to work with all available capabilities and quickly to rescue Lebanon from its financial and economic crisis, starting with carrying out the required reforms in various ministries and state departments, and ways to address the financial and economic crisis with international funds and financial institutions.
The sources, who preferred not to be identified, added that emphasis will be placed on starting the advancement of the electricity sector within the framework of an integrated plan and within a specific deadline, the government’s foreign policy, and emphasizing the establishment of the best relations with brotherly and friendly Arab countries in the world.
Lebanon is facing the worst economic and financial crisis in its modern history since 2019, which led to the collapse of the exchange rate of the Lebanese pound against the dollar, and with it the rates of unemployment and poverty, and put the Lebanese in front of multiple crises in all areas of life.
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