Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, met on Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Serail, with a delegation of the Gas Station Owners Syndicate headed by President Sami Brax.
PM Diab also chaired a second meeting in the afternoon with the Syndicate's delegation in the presence of the Ministers of Economy Raoul Nehmeh, of Finance Ghazi Wazni, and of Energy Raymond Ghajar, in addition to the General Director of the General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim.
After meeting with Prime Minister Diab, the representative of the Gas Station Owners Syndicate, Georges Brax, assured the citizens that there will be no fuel crisis, and that distribution to gas stations from private companies will resume as of tomorrow, Wednesday, to fill the deficit. The meeting touched upon the issue of cross-border smuggling, and the Syndicate's delegation detailed the mechanism for prosecuting smugglers and holding them accountable. The meeting took stock as well on the issue of gas stations subject to seizure reports for hydrocarbons monopoly. The delegation reassured PM Diab that the Syndicate does not cover any station that manipulates prices or dosage. The topic of oil installations was brought up as well during the meeting and the delegation requested the state's support to petroleum facilities, the increase of relevant credit lines and needed quantities, in order to control the fuel market in the country and prevent any monopoly of a cartel or certain companies.
The Prime Minister also received today a delegation of successful candidates in the customs entry competition who briefed PM Diab about their case. Diab said he understood their demands and promised to take charge of the situation.