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AOUN DURING CABINET SESSION: TO INCREASE STATE REVENUES AND CURB TAX EVASION

President of the republic, Michel Aoun, on Thursday highlighted the necessity to increase the state revenues and curb tax evasion, stressing that the budget should have been endorsed before the wage scale.

"The budget should have been approved before the scale in order to determine revenues and expenditures. Therefore, we must work on increasing the state revenues to prevent a growth of debts and public deficit," Aoun told the Cabinet at Baabda palace today.

He also called for strict implementation of the law fighting tax evasion.

Moreover, Aoun tasked the Ministers of Education and Social Affairs to scrutinize fake charitable organizations who receive allowances from the state.

On a different note, Aoun condemned the campaigns tampering with the Lebanese army "especially amid this particular time, where the military is protecting stability and fighting terrorists."

In another development, the President informed the convening ministers of a letter he had received from the United Nations over indicators of reduced international aids for refugees in Lebanon.

"There is an urgent need of additional funding to prevent further deterioration of the services granted to the refugees," he indicated.

In that respect, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that he would tackle the refugees' issue during his next visit to the U.S.

"The return of the refugees to safe areas in Syria must be discussed with the UN," he underlined.

Besides, Hariri hoped that the state budget bill would be finalized within a week, before forwarding it to the Parliament for discussion and endorsement.

He also maintained that the government would carry on the major reforms it had undertaken.

Source: National News Agency