Al-Rahi Urges Unity to Reach 'U.N. Resolution' on Lebanon Neutrality
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Monday hoped all Lebanese will show a “unified stance” on his calls for neutrality.
“We hope all Lebanese will show a unified stance in order to reach a resolution from the Security Council and the U.N. stipulating that Lebanon has an active neutral system that should be respected by all countries,” said al-Rahi during a meeting with a Kataeb Party delegation in Diman.
“It would then respect itself and become a state that is strong through its institutions and army and it would defend itself against any foreign aggression,” the patriarch added.
Stressing that “certainly we and Israel are in a state of constant animosity,” al-Rahi said “active and positive neutrality is our responsibility all.”
“It is a huge responsibility, especially that Lebanon was the hospital, hotel, tourism and freedom of Arabs and its neutrality allowed it to gain these labels, but when we engaged in alliances, parties and military acts we became fully isolated from Arabs and the West,” the patriarch added.