Michel Aoun

Government Begins Budget Discussions

The government on Tuesday started discussing the 2019 draft budget as discussions will keep on going this week until the blueprint is endorsed. Speaking following the meeting, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil described the talks inside the Cabinet as quiet and responsible, saying that discussions will go into details during upcoming sessions.

President Aoun Arrives in Russia for State Visit

President Michel Aoun on Monday arrived in Moscow for an official two-day visit during which he will meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and Parliament Speaker Vyacheslav Viktorovich Volodin. Aoun was received at the Vnukovo International Airport by the Russian president’s Middle East envoy and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, head of the State Protocol Department at the Foreign Ministry Igor Bogdashev, and Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin.