Int'l support group calls on Lebanese officials to meet people's demands

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-22 23:20:26|Editor: yan
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BEIRUT, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The International Support Group (ISG) for Lebanon on Tuesday called on Lebanese officials to satisfy the legitimate demands of Lebanese people, Prime Minister Saad Hariri's office said in a statement.

The ISG asked Lebanese officials to work with Lebanese people on finding solutions to their problems without making any announcements that would trigger aggressive practices by protesters, it said.

The group issued its call during its meeting with Hariri at Grand Serail.

The ISG said it was informed by Hariri that the Lebanese army will keep on protecting those who are protesting "in a civilized manner."

It has also expressed its support for Hariri's reform measures while calling upon Lebanese officials to work to reduce corruption and money squandering.

Hariri announced a day earlier a number of reforms to overcome the current economic and social crisis after nationwide demonstrations against the government's policies.

Among the most important reforms announced are a 2020 state budget with 0.6 percent deficit, reducing salaries for ministers and parliament members by 50 percent, and reducing the budgets for the Council for Development and Reconstruction and other public institutions by 70 percent, in addition to fighting against corruption.