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Rampling: UK hopes to support elements of Cabinet statement

British Ambassador to Lebanon Chris Rampling said Monday that he hopes the United Kingdom will be able to support Lebanon in achieving “important elements” of its Cabinet’s anticipated policy statement

Feb 12

13:35
2019

British Ambassador to Lebanon Chris Rampling said Monday that he hopes the United Kingdom will be able to support Lebanon in achieving “important elements” of its Cabinet’s anticipated policy statement.

After meeting with Lebanese Premier Saad Hariri at the Grand Serail, Rampling congratulated him on forming a government and said he looked forward to parliamentary proceedings later this week, according to a statement released by Hariri’s press office.

“I think that there are a number of important elements within it that I am looking forward to the U.K. being able to support Lebanon in achieving over the coming years,” Rampling said.

Parliament will hold sessions Tuesday and Wednesady to consider the policy statement, which Cabinet approved last week. The statement is expected to focus on public sector reform, in particular the electricity sector, by way of reducing the deficit and unlocking $11 billion in foreign aid pledged at the CEDRE conference last year.

The return of around 1 million Syrian refugees from Lebanon will also be a focus of the statement.

Rampling and Hariri also discussed details of the U.K.’s economic support to Lebanon.

“Building on the success of the Lebanon-U.K. Business investment forum in December and the fact that we now have a government, we hope that we will be able to deliver together,” Rampling said.

The forum aimed to foster and develop bilateral relations between two countries by showcasing recent developments in Lebanon such as the Capital Investment Plan presented at last year’s CEDRE economic conference; various public-private partnership projects; and investment in the oil and gas sector.