Ali Hassan Khalil
Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Thursday commented on recent remarks made by Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil regarding illegal smuggling routes, reiterating his call for ending tax evasion and smuggling in order to reduce the budget deficit. "From the beginning, we have been saying that the main gateway to reducing the deficit without resorting to tax hikes is to control smuggling through land and sea borders and to fight tax evasion by empowering the audit control bodies and enforcing the law across the entire Lebanese territory," Gemayel wrote on Twitter.
Lebanon's government insists on bringing the tax on banks' interest rates from 7 percent up to 10 percent, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil announced on Monday.
The government is set to start discussing the 2019 draft budget next week, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil announced on Thursday.