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Derian visits Hariri: Siniora is a red line

The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received this Monday at the Grand Serail the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, who said after the meeting: "My visit today is to congratulate on the completion of the ministerial statement, discussing it in Parliament and granting the government the confidence. This is a very normal visit with the start of the work of the government. I hope there will harmony among the members of the government in order to solve the crises in Lebanon that are a major concern for the citizens. I am optimistic about the performance of this government, as long as everyone puts Lebanon's interest above any consideration. If I have any advice to the cabinet members, I tell them to put political differences aside and work for the benefit of Lebanon and the Lebanese because the economic and living crisis is very big."

In reply to a question, he said: "Fighting corruption is important and necessary as long as we seek to establish a just and strong state. But this issue must be tackled within the framework of the state institutions because there are inspection bodies that must carry out their job. Outbidding and political bickering in this file are unacceptable. In this respect, I have a clear message. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is a red line, because he is a statesman par excellence. He is the one who brought back transparency and credibility to the state's finances. He responded to all accusations, slander and lies in his press conference, and he was very successful. I say that Fouad Siniora is a former Prime Minister and a great value. We are proud of him and will defend him against any slander."

Hariri also received the Electoral Supervisory Authority, headed by Judge Nadim Abdel Malak, who said after the meeting: "We congratulated Prime Minister Hariri on the formation of the new government, and presented the final report, which includes the outcome of the commission's work in monitoring the media, advertising, spending and financing. We also explained to him that there are recommendations that the authority will implement in the future. We also discussed the issue of the by-election in Tripoli".

He then met with a delegation from the Lebanese-Algerian Businessmen Council headed by Wissam Ariss, who said after the meeting that they informed Premier Hariri about the establishment of the council, under the auspice of the Chamber of Trade and Industry, to promote economic relations with Algeria. He added: "We asked for the help of the government since Algeria is a promising country that stood by Lebanon during the most difficult circumstances. There are great investment opportunities in Algeria to transfer our skills to all banking, tourism, industrial and commercial sectors. Premier Hariri welcomed our work. We are preparing an agenda and an official delegation to visit Algeria by the end of this year."

Source: National News Agency

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