NNA - The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri left Beirut this afternoon heading to Abu Dhabi in a visit during which he will meet with a number of officials in the United Arab Emirates.
Hariri received earlier at the Grand Serail the French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher and discussed with him the developments and the bilateral relations.
He also met with the Minister of defense Elias Abu Saab, in the presence of former Minister Ghattas Khoury.
After the meeting, Abu Saab said: "I met with Premier Hariri to discuss the issues that are currently being raised, starting with the budget, issues related to the military court and my visit to Russia. Regarding the budget, Premier Hariri supports the Lebanese army and doesn't differentiate between the Lebanese army and other security services. Things are positive and we hope that the budget approved in Parliament will keep the save numbers we discussed in the Council of ministers".
He added: "We also discussed some issues related to my visit to Russia and there are many things that need to be discussed in the Council of Ministers, which include reforms that Premier Hariri and the President talked about."
Asked if Premier Hariri was convinced about his visit to the military court, he said that this was not raised because it a right for the Minister of Defense to visit it, "and I don't think that Premier Hariri considered my visit an interference in this issue," he added.
In answer to a question about the veterans blocking state departments, Minister Abu Saab said: "I hope that I do not see the military and veterans closing state institutions and burning tires. This is not normal for then. We are doing everything we can and Premier Hariri is working on solutions that will be acceptable to all."