Hariri heads a meeting at the Serail in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The 2018 budget was the focus of a ministerial meeting Monday, days after Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed to work on passing reforms ahead of international donor conferences aimed at supporting Lebanon.Hariri headed the meeting at the Grand Serail that was attended by ministers Ghassan Hasbani, Ali Hasan Khalil, Mohammad Fneish, Michel Pharaon, Ayman Choucair, Raed Khoury and Youssef Fenianos.Heading into the meeting, Fenianos said that discussions would revolve around ministries cutting their respective budgets, upon the request of the prime minister in line with reforms ahead of the Cedre Conference – also known as Paris IV – on April 6 .However, Hasbani voiced reluctance to cut his ministry's budget.
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