Al-Rahi Calls for 'Brave' Initiative to Face Recent Regional Developments

Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi voiced calls on all political factions and parties to launch a “courageous” initiative to face the recent dangerous developments in Iraq and Syria, and counter the repercussions that could affect Lebanon, reported the state-run National News Agency on Saturday.

“We reiterate calls on candidates running for the presidential post, the alliances of March 8 and March 14 and centrists to launch a brave initiative, towards the needs of Lebanon and to face the recent developments in Iraq and Syria and its repercussions on our country,” said the Patriarch.

He lamented the divisions between March 8 and March 14 and said: “To achieve peace in Lebanon we should overcome the divisions between the two alliances which are dividing the nation in two.

"Although we were happy that they have come to participate in a national coalition government, it hurts that they are still divided over electing a new president.”

Rahi's comments came during a mass at Bkirki.

He said: “Agreement (among politicians), a reconciliation and peace all require bravery that far outweighs the courage required in conflicts and wars.”

The Patriarch concluded by stressing the necessity for politicians to gather for dialogue and negotiate away from violence and enmity.

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