Al-Rahi: We Oppose Politicians’ Exploitation of Disputes at Lebanon’s Expense
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi criticized on Thursday political disputes in Lebanon, hoping that they won’t obstruct the functioning of state institutions.
He said after meeting with a Phalange Party delegation: “We oppose political quarrels taking place at Lebanon’s expense because the country belongs to all Lebanese.”
“It doesn’t belong to one side more than the other,” he stressed.
“We have all presented sacrifices throughout history, so we should assume our responsibilities and support the institutions,” the Patriarch stated.
“Lebanon should remain above all over factional and foreign interests,” al-Rahi continued.
“We oppose the obstruction of parliament, the failure to elect a president, and the formation of a government all because of political differences,” he said.
The Patriarch also warned against dragging Lebanon into regional and international axes.
He therefore called on all sides to “unite in building the state and set people’s interests as a priority above all else.”
“It’s time that we devise a new national contract that can develop the national charter … because we have reached a point where no one trusts the other,” al-Rahi concluded.