Hariri optimistic and expects growth

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has expressed his optimism about the upcoming phase in Lebanon and expected the country to witness growth and recovery, especially in tourism after Saudi Arabia lifted the travel ban to Lebanon, a press release by PM Hariri's media office indicated this evening.

He hoped that other Gulf countries would follow the Saudi example.

Hariri was addressing a delegation of the Higher Islamic Council who visited him at the Center House, headed by its Vice-President Omar Meskaoui, who congratulated him on his recovery after the heart procedure he underwent recently.

Hariri said that the budget to be approved by the Council of Ministers would be an austere one, because of the difficult economic and social situation, stressing that the government will work to stimulate the economy and the first reform steps will be to stop squander.

He praised the role of the Higher Islamic Council in guiding Muslims in Lebanon in a way that benefits their country, under the umbrella of Dar Al Fatwa, and stressed the fundamental role of the Council in consecrating moderation, which is the first pillar on which the country stands.

Hariri emphasized the importance of making the necessary reforms within the institutions of the Sunni community, on the one hand, and supporting them on the other, so they are able to carry out their national duty to promote the society as a whole.

For his part, Meskaoui congratulated Prime Minister Hariri on his recovery, and stressed that the Council looks forward to working closely with him and to coordinate permanently for the benefit of the Lebanese and Muslims.

Source: National News Agency