Bkirki Summit Urges Int'l Aid, Says Give Govt. a Chance

W460

An emergency Christian spiritual summit was held Tuesday in Bkirki at an invitation from Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi with the aim of “discussing the dangerous situations that Lebanon has been going through for more than three months.”

Expressing relief that the new government comprises “ministers who have expertise,” the religious leaders called on the government to “gain the confidence of the Lebanese people, especially its young men and women who have staged a peaceful uprising.”

They also urged it to win the confidence of the international community and donors.

“The fathers stress the need for quick efforts to combat corruption, recover the stolen funds and rein in the continued waste of public money,” they said in a statement.

Emphasizing on the “right to peaceful protest,” the conferees strongly condemned “hooliganism on the streets and squares, especially in the capital Beirut,” saying they fear that the protest movement “might deviate from its noble goals.”

Urging protesters to “act wisely” and “give the government a chance to shoulders its responsibilities,” the Christian leaders appealed to the international community and the Arab countries to “assist Lebanon in economic, financial and developmental reform so that Lebanon can regain its tolerant and peaceful role.”

They also called on Lebanese expats to help their homeland at all levels.

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Comments 11
Thumb justice 28 January 2020, 14:22

Another good for nothing corrupt businessmen under the disguise of religion.

Thumb gebran_sons 28 January 2020, 16:04

Not one cent should be given to Hizbollah government in complicity with FPM and Amal, apex of corruption and nepotism. It is unbelievable that Marcel Khalife and his brother never mention or ask any economic expert the primary cause of our economic bankruptcy and lack of GNP growth since Hizb took over Lebanon in 2006 when our GNP grew by 6%. Hizb arms role in what is what is preventing investment, damaging economy and tourism, and raising interests to stratosphere. All experts know that getting out of this abyss is not possible without disarming Hizbollah and neutralizing foreign policy. Shame on Ghanem brothers. Hiding the truth from millions of Lebanese is a crime and damage the Thawra. Better to stop their show then promoting a lie.

Missing rabiosa 28 January 2020, 16:55

Marcel Khalife, me thinks is a Leftist/Communist. if anyone wants to hear exactly what's the situation watch the show Beirut El Yom Sunday 1/26/2020 with guest Nadim Koteich. It's on YouTube. Listen to what Nadim says. Also watch his shows DNA.

Thumb gebran_sons 28 January 2020, 17:13

Sorry: Marcel Ghanem not Khalife who I respect his opinion and his music. Any economic expert can explain our 85 billion debt is a combination of very high interests on debt plus electricity deficit. Reduce interest by removing Hizb arms, eliminate electricity deficit by shifting to renewable energy (sun, wind, waves, current, etc) and eliminate pollution and reduce medical cost by shifting to electric cars that can even be produced in Lebanon (much simpler than regular car, 90% built by robot) and focusing universities on new technologies (AI, robotics, etc) would quickly solve economic problems and set a path for growth. Not to mention potential in pharmaceutical industry, dried food, recycling, digital security, etc.

Thumb canadianleb 28 January 2020, 14:55

Matthew 22:21 Jesus said "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's." Romans 13:1 "Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. In plain English he is telling these men of religion to stay out of politics and whatever laws are in place you obey them.

Thumb libanaisresilient 28 January 2020, 19:24

Yes, we know that. But for most people being a Christian is a mere formality, they don't really care about following Jesus commandments.

Thumb libanaisresilient 28 January 2020, 19:27

True.

Thumb canadianleb 28 January 2020, 19:56

You can put it that way and you will not be wrong. But these so called men of religion that represent Christianity and should be leading by example, therefore they should NOT be involved what so ever in politics period and follow the bible or drop the mask and become politicians.

Thumb s.o.s 28 January 2020, 15:29

The world and this includes our Arab neighbors won’t pitch in as long as Iran controls Lebanon. There’s nothing else to discuss. I suggest to his half holiness, Rahi to start demanding the disarmament of Hizbala and the unconditional surrender of the terrorists instead of begging for money.

Thumb libanaisresilient 28 January 2020, 19:26

As long as these so called "Fathers" remain talking about Politics they're all illegitimate representatives of Christians. Jesus Christ has condemned their involvement in Human Governments.

Thumb doodle-dude 29 January 2020, 06:58

lol @'Bkirki Summit Urges'