Al-Rahi Hails Dialogue between Rival Parties, Says to Break Ice Gradually

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi lauded on Thursday the exerted efforts to launch dialogue between the political arch-foes to break the ice and reduce tension in Lebanon.

“Dialogue between rival parties would end the ongoing dilemmas in the country,” al-Rahi said in his New Year’s Day sermon at Bkirki.

The patriarch expressed hope that the exerted endeavors would lead to the election of a new head of state.

The presidential post has been vacant since president Michel Suleiman's term ended on May 25. Lawmakers failed to secure the needed quorum for electing a new president despite holding 16 voting sessions, amid a boycott by the MPs of Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun and Hizbullah.

“Peace will not flourish between people as long as there are sides that are distorting the truth and violating justice and practicing oppression,” al-Rahi stressed.

He noted that the state has to fully carry out its duties towards its citizens.

Al-Mustaqbal movement and Hizbullah held their first meeting in Ain al-Tineh last week under the auspices of Speaker Nabih Berri, in an attempt to devise a “roadmap” and a “mechanism” for the coming dialogue sessions between the two parties.

The Lebanese Forces and the FPM are also expected to engage in dialogue after reports revealed that Melhem Riachi, chairman of the LF communication department, and MP Ibrahim Kanaan are holding meetings away from the media spotlight to prepare the agenda for the dialogue between the leaders of the two parties.

Comments 6
Missing humble 01 January 2015, 12:09

Dear Batrak,
Continue your prayers until the miracle happens : Caporal quits Ebola, Syria and Iran.

Default-user-icon Seb80 (Guest) 01 January 2015, 14:06

Lately, we have been hearing for some time now calls indicating that there will be a dialogue between the Lebanese Forces leadership and Michel Aoun's FPM, and upon hearing these developments the Lebanese media is speculating that this would be a crucial step in appointing a new Lebanese President. However, it would be worth pointing out that these two politicians in question have a history of rivalry that dates back ever since 1989. In any case, a question that needs to be raised in this regards as to why have these same politicians all of a sudden changed changed their political rhetoric? The possible answer to this question would be the political ruling factions in Lebanon are striving with whatever they can in order to preserve the current decaying political arrangement that has been in place ever since 1943.

Missing humble 01 January 2015, 14:39

Total imagination and falsification x 100000000000

Missing humble 01 January 2015, 14:40

Remember :"Any Christian following a traitor, is a traitor himself"

Missing humble 01 January 2015, 14:45

Caporal is corrupt until the spine. I pity you and all who are like you.

Default-user-icon hassan abbas (Guest) 01 January 2015, 15:42

cristians? what are they? dahieh shi3a portuguese?