President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, received “Tashnaq” Party Secretary-General, MP Hagop Pakradounian, today at the Presidential Palace and discussed with him general and recent developments.

MP Pakradounian revealed that he had discussed the results of the on-going contacts to form a new government with Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, “Especially since the current conditions require the formation of a government to keep pace with the expected benefits and to complete the treatment of the deteriorating economic conditions”.

“The Tashnaq Party has always called for respecting the constitutional deadlines and is making contacts to help accomplish these benefits in an atmosphere that enhances national unity and fortifies coexistence among the Lebanese” MP Pakradounian said.

“The meeting with President Aoun also tackledlife conditions and difficulties that citizens face socially, educationally and healthily. This requires expediting appropriate measures to alleviate this suffering” MP Pakradounian continued.

“We also addressed demarcating the southern Lebanese maritime borders, the outcome of the mission of the American mediator, Amos Hochstein, and Lebanon’s firm position in this field, based on the preservation of Lebanon’s rights to its waters and resources” Pakradounian added.

Concerning position of the Tashnaq Party on the issue of the return of the displaced Syrians in Lebanon to their country, MP Pakradounian affirmed support for the Lebanese position in this regard, especially since the repercussions of this displacement since 2011 have caused great financial burdens on Lebanon and exacerbated the deterioration of the economic and financial conditions in it.

National Order of the Cedar for late Makari:

The President decided to award the late former Deputy Parliament Speaker, Farid Makari, the National Cedar Medal of the rank of Senior Officer, in appreciation of his role and contributions in Lebanese political and national life.

Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, will place the medal on the coffin of the deceased in the name of the President of the Republic tomorrow.

Source: National News Agency