Prime Minister Saad Hariri meets with French envoy Pierre Duquesne, Feb. 21, 2018. (Dalati Nohra/HO)
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A high-ranking French delegation visiting Beirut Wednesday expressed optimism that the 2018 state budget would be passed ahead of the upcoming donor conferences to boost Lebanon's economy and infrastructure.Duquesne, the French inter-ministerial delegate to the Mediterranean, is responsible for the ongoing preparations of the upcoming Cedar Conference, also referred to as the Paris IV, scheduled for April 6 .According to the statement, this year's conference will be unlike the previous Paris conferences – the last of which was held in the wake of the devastating 34 day 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war.
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