The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received today at the Grand Serail the envoy of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the Advisor at the Royal court Nizar al-Aloula, accompanied by the Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid al-Yacoub, and the Minister Plenipotentiary at the Royal court Walid al-Bukhari.

After that, al-Aloula, Al-Yacoub and Al-Bukhari visited the grave of Martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in Beirut Central District. After praying for his soul and the souls of his martyr companions, the Saudi envoy wrote the following in the record book: “Martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri will remain a national and Arab symbol and Lebanon will return as the martyr wanted it, free and a beacon to the world.”

For his part, Prime Minister Hariri said that the talks with the Saudi envoy were excellent, adding that al-Aloula presented to him an invitation to visit the Kingdom and that he will do that as soon as possible.

In a chat with reporters after the meeting, Hariri said: “Saudi Arabia’s main objective is for Lebanon to be sovereign. It is also keen on the full independence of Lebanon and we will see how to cooperate with the kingdom regarding the upcoming international conferences.”

Regarding the meeting of the ministerial committee tasked with studying the 2018 budget draft law, held today, Hariri said: “The country needs reforms, the budgets of ministries should be reduced and we have to send real positive signs to the states participating in the forthcoming international conferences. There is progress in studying the budget and we will hold consecutive sessions to finish it before the date set by Speaker Nabih Berri on March 5, because everyone will be busy afterwards to prepare for the parliamentary elections.”

Regarding the electoral law, he said: “In my opinion no one has a clear picture of the alliances yet. Negotiations are underway and things will become clearer gradually. The importance of this law is that it shows the dimension of each person. The names of the “Future movement” candidates will be announced soon”.

Source: National News Agency