Salam meets Ministers of Agriculture and Economy over rubbish crisis

October 29, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, met on Thursday with Agriculture Minister, Akram Chehayeb, with talks between the pair featuring high on the simmering waste crisis.

Chehayeb handed Salam a copy of a technical report on the trash crisis dossier, and expressed hope that all politicians involved would demonstrate a heightened sense of responsibility to make the plan a success.

“The Prime Minister has previously handed me this dossier which we have named ‘The Fire Ball’, in reference to the trash ball. () The Prime Minister has shared with me his views and expertise void of any political or sectarian opinion, basing all on scientific facts,” Chehayeb said in the wake of the meeting.

Moreover, the Minister expressed hope to be over and done with resolving the garbage crisis within the coming 48 hours, on the basis of partnership.

He explained that the plan he had handed to Salam detailed a sustainable solution to the waste quandery.

“We have managed to surpass a great deal of obstacles; however, there remain some standing issues,” the Minister added.

“To reach success, all the political forces are required to translate their words into actions and to handle those worrying dossiers with utmost responsibility by means of ensuring all the requirements en route to success,” Chehayeb said.

The Agriculture Minister said that the government had done all what was required on its part.

“Municipal decrees have been numbered, including a decree to initiate electricity works within Naameh landfill. There has also been issued decrees for an independent municipal cell phone fund. All of these decrees have been numbered and shall go to immediate implementation,” he added.

The Minister affirmed that communications shall continue, hoping to reach the much aspired solutions for another meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the evening with PM Salam and Finance Minister, Ali Hassan Khalil.

Separately, Salam had an audience with Trade and Economy Minister, Alain Hakim, during which the latter requested the Prime Minister’s pressing support for wheat and farmers.

“As for the waste crisis, there has been affirmation on the necessity to adopt decentralization across all the Lebanese territories,” Hakim said in the wake of the meeting, adding that talks with political leaders are based on this possibility.