Report: Rahi Appalled by Political Situation, International Indifference towards Lebanon

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi expressed dismay at the destiny of the political situation in Lebanon, blaming the christian leaders for not realizing the magnitude of danger surrounding the Christians, al-Mustaqbal daily reported on Sunday.

“Rahi arrived at a conviction that many political leaders, mainly Christians, do not want to elect a president because they are benefiting from the vacuum and from the absence of the president to exercise their powers on behalf,” sources close to the Patriarch told the daily.

“Rahi is also shocked by the indifference of the international community toward Lebanon,” they added.

“The Patriarch is working hard through his presence at the Synod of Bishops to restore Lebanon to the map of international attention through the Vatican,” the sources said.

“Diplomatic circles in Rome have expressed concern over the situation in Lebanon," which they said is "turning from bad to worse in light of the international indifference towards the country,” added the daily.

Vatican sources said that the Vatican's former Foreign Minister Monsignor Dominique Mamberti returned "pessimistic" from his recent visit to Lebanon, as he expressed concern over the outcome of the situation in the country mainly that of the Christian Maronites.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of President Michel Suleiman ended in May 2014.

Conflicts between the March 8 and March 14 alliances have thwarted all efforts to elect a successor, leaving the top Christian post vacant for over 17 months now.

Source: Naharnet

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