The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received this afternoon at the Grand Serail the Iraqi Vice President Iyad Allawi and the accompanying delegation, in the presence of former Minister Ghattas Khoury.

Discussions focused on developments in Lebanon and the region, the situation in Iraq and bilateral relations.

Hariri previously chaired a financial meeting, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Ghassan Hasbani, Ministers Ali Hassan Khalil, Gebran Bassil, Mohammad Fneich, Youssef Fenianos and Wael Abu Faour and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, MP Ibrahim Kanaan .

The meeting focused on the 2019 draft budget in light of the amendments introduced by the parliamentary finance committee, in anticipation of the debate in parliament next week.

Hariri also chaired the meeting of the ministerial committee for the quarries, in the presence of Hasbani, ministers Ali Hassan Khalil, Youssef Fenianos and Fadi Jraissati.

At the end of the meeting, Jraissati said that they exchanged ideas related to the quarries master plan, and hoped that the final strategy of this file will be ready next week.

Hariri previously chaired the meeting of the ministerial committee on the electricity plan, in the presence of Hasbani, ministers Khalil, Fenianos, Mohammad Fneich, Camille Abu Sleiman and Nada Boustani. It continued the discussion on the amendment to the Electricity Law No. 462 adopted in 2002. The members of the committee made their observations. They will continue their discussions in a coming meeting.