Al-Rahi says ready to hold dialogue with every party over presidency


Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi said Friday that Monday's caretaker cabinet session "shouldn't have happened" especially that many parties were absent.

A caretaker cabinet session was held on Monday despite being boycotted by the Free Patriotic Movement and the Tashnag party, triggering tensions between long-time allies Hezbollah and the FPM as MP Jebran Bassil blasted Hezbollah for attending the session and the latter responded that Bassil's comments were "inappropriate" and "unwise".

On Friday, Bassil visited al-Rahi in Bkirki to discuss presidential matters.

Al-Rahi said, after the meeting, that "dialogue is the only solution."

"We have always been calling for dialogue, whether it's a bilateral dialogue between every party and me or an all-party dialogue," the patriarch said, in response to Bassil's demand to hold a Christian dialogue in Bkirki.

But he considered that "an all-party dialogue would entail difficulties."

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