Al-Rahi Hopes Success for French Presidential Envoy

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi expressed hope on Tuesday that a French presidential envoy would be able to resolve the Baabda Palace impasse.

Before traveling to Rome, al-Rahi hoped that Jean-François Girault, who is the director of the department of the Middle East and North Africa at the French Foreign Ministry, would “succeed in his mission.”

Girault arrived in Beirut on Monday for talks with the country's rival leaders, in his second visit to Lebanon in more than two months.

The official has been tasked by French President Francois Hollande to try to reach a breakthrough over the presidential elections in Lebanon.

The country has been left without a head of state since President Michel Suleiman's term ended in May last year.

Al-Rahi, who is a cardinal, was asked at Rafik Hariri International Airport about the deadly bus bombing that targeted Lebanese pilgrims in Damascus on Sunday.

“The world cannot go on in this condition of violence, war, murder and destruction,” he said.

The blast ripped through a bus carrying the pilgrims, killing at least nine people in an attack claimed by al-Nusra Front.

In his remarks to reporters at the airport, the patriarch thanked all those who visited him and inquired about his health following his surgery to remove a blood clot in the head.

Al-Rahi is traveling to Rome to participate in the meeting of the College of Cardinals.



Comments 2
Missing humble 03 February 2015, 10:11

If Caporal says loud on TV that "Ebola has confiscated the state decision. That Ebola must surrender its weapons. That he is not for Mutelateh. That the Butcher is an assassin. That the best course for Lebanon is Neutrality". Then he will be my candidate.
BUT HE WILL NOT, he is a traitor to the Christians.

Thumb -phoenix1 03 February 2015, 15:50

And right you are Humble, the best candidate under the circumstances is Dimianos Kattar. But then, the man is so professional, so clean, so honest that literally no one wants him. They cannot bribe him, they cannot intimidate him, they cannot convince him, Dimianos is one great person for the people of Lebanon, but truly bad news for the politicians, especially for M8.