British Ambassador Hugo Shorter called on Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Serail this morning.
I had a very good meeting with PM Hariri, in which we discussed the latest local and regional developments. This was my first meeting with the Prime Minister since he officially assumed office. I congratulated him on the swift formation of the government, the ministerial statement and parliament’s vote of confidence. I also relayed my government’s good wishes for the new year.
I welcomed the fact that Cabinet has already started work, taking key economic and other decisions last week. There is ofcourse much still to do.
The UK looks forward to continuing our work with PM Hariri and the Lebanese government to address the challenges facing the country and make progress on vital security, economic and development goals. We also look forward to the timely holding of parliamentary elections, under transparent, modernised procedures strengthening Lebanon’s democracy.
The UK is proud of our shared partnership and will continue to support a stable, prosperous and secure Lebanon.