"Of course, if we have a better environment, I think that interest rates and the premium we pay will decrease," Salameh told CNBC TV earlier this week in
The governor said the interest rates the Lebanese government was paying on bonds were not too high given the country's international rating.
"It is a normal and acceptable premium.
Salameh insisted that the monetary situation in the country remained strong and sound despite the fact that the IMF projected
"Despite this macro weakness, the monetary fundamentals remain pretty strong if we look at the deposits and at the reserves."
Bank deposit growth in 2013 ranged between 6 and 7 percent while the foreign currency reserves of the
"I think that
Salameh also commented on the formation of the new Cabinet.
"The government is a message to the markets that the Lebanese want a united country that abides by democratic behavior."
Salameh said the international community had not acted swiftly to help
"The international community is not acting fast enough in terms of intervening to stop the conflict in
The governor said the
"The government cannot really act this year in a convincing matter because there are two elections running in
"One should hope for the government to be active by the last quarter of 2014."
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