Lebanese patriarch to meet PM Hariri during his Riyadh visit on Monday

patriarch-rai-100BEIRUT: The Lebanese head of the Maronite Catholic church, Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi, will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri when he embarks on a historic visit to Riyadh on Monday.
The Lebanese and Saudi sides both hailed the “momentous” visit, which comes at the invitation of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but it will be amid a blurred political climate in Lebanon after Al-Hariri announced his resignation from Riyadh, where he has since been staying.
The patriarchate’s media spokesman, Walid Ghayyad, told Arab News that “the historic and exceptional visit comes at an exceptional time.” He revealed that the patriarch would be visited at his residence by Al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on Nov. 4.
He said that the patriarch would ask Al-Hariri about the reasons behind his resignation and will inform President Michel Aoun about the outcome of their talks.
Ghayyad, who will accompany the patriarch, said: “The visit has two sides: It is a dialogue and a communication visit for a man of peace. The patriarch represents all the Patriarchs and Christians of the East. He will carry a message of love and openness to Saudi Arabia, which is now witnessing further openness and positive changes. We thank the Kingdom for inviting the patriarch on this momentous visit, especially that it complements and activates historical relations between the two countries.”
Ghayyad added that “King Saud bin Abdulaziz had visited the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkirki, in Mount Lebanon, in 1953 and exchanged wonderful messages at the time. Thus, what is happening today is not new but rather a renewed step that has further aspects in light of the openness of the Kingdom.”
Al-Rahi’s visit to Riyadh is planned for one day only and a large media crew will accompany him. According to Ghayyad, “the visit will comprise a meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Also, the Patriarch will meet with the Lebanese community in Saudi Arabia, to discuss their concerns and aspirations.
“The Patriarch’s role is getting more and more important in light of the escalating problems the region is now witnessing. He is worried about all the Lebanese concerns. At a time when the language of war, violence and terrorism prevails, we need to promote the interfaith dialogue. This is what the patriarch is looking forward to,” said Ghayyad, adding that “ever since Al-Rahi was elected as patriarch, he chose ‘Partnership and Love’ as the title of his mission, to spread it all over the world through openness and dialogue.”
Ghayyad pointed out that “the developments in the Arab region have taken Al-Rahi’s visit to a greater national dimension, especially after the resignation of Al-Hariri. This visit now acts as a national mandate to be a continuation of the efforts initiated by President Michel Aoun after the eruption of the political crisis.”
As for Al-Hariri’s resignation, Ghayyad said: “The patriarch will not interfere in the political matter. The Lebanese State should handle this issue and not the patriarch.”
The Maronite Patriarchate’s spokesman stressed that “the visit will reinitiate the relations between the Patriarchate and Saudi Arabia. All the Lebanese are keen on the preserving the good relations with the Kingdom that have long been standing with Lebanon. Not to forget, a lot of Lebanese are working there and are loyal to the Saudi Kingdom.”
Ghayyad said: “We should all stand against terrorism; Patriarch Al-Rahi has repeatedly demanded to differentiate between Islam and terrorism, especially during his recent visit to the United States. Therefore, we have to show the real picture of Islam. Christians can play a major role in bringing together the divergent views of Muslims, as well as in highlighting and strengthening moderate Islam.
“The message of peace is a must at any time and place, otherwise people will resort to the language of weapons. We should all have a united vision regarding this issue and should all reject violence.”
Regarding the meeting between the patriarch and the Lebanese community in the Kingdom, Ghayyad said that “this is a father meeting with his sons.”
In Washington, the White House has called on “all states and parties to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty, independence, and constitutional processes.”
A statement released on Saturday said: “In this sensitive time, the United States also rejects any efforts by militias within Lebanon or by any foreign forces to threaten Lebanon’s stability, undermine Lebanese government institutions, or use Lebanon as a base from which to threaten others in the region.”
The White House said Al-Hariri “has been a trusted partner of the United States in strengthening Lebanese institutions, fighting terrorism, and protecting refugees.”

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  • Hannibal
    • Y K

      (Approvingly) linking to a Nazi march in Poland while commenting on an item on the Maronite Patriarch. Wanna look even more stupid than Dumbyad today? Or simply on drugs?

      • Hannibal

        Nazi March? Nope… Those are PATRIOTS protecting Catholic Poland from the Zionist globalist. Scared much? Why? Run Forest RUN!

        • Y K

          You’re too dumb to know the difference between plural and singular, Forrest and “forest”. Hell, I bet you can’t even find Poland on the map. And your masturbatory fantasy is being a CEO of a startup? 🙂

          • Hannibal

            We solved that jealousy streak of yours long time ago. I thought I agreed that I am a janitor. So aren’t you past that? apparently not… Translation: You know that what I tell you is true. Picking on typos here and there is your argument? Have fun with that. It only shows how bankrupt of discourse you are. The topic at hand is Globalists vs. Nationalists. Argue that. But alas we all know you are incapable of that. No logic, no truth, no capital. BANKRUPT logically and spiritually and you know it. so GO AWAY!

          • Y K

            Not picking on typos, idiot. I’m picking (should probably be “peeing”) on your stupidity and general inferiority.

          • Hannibal

            You know that your ilk is the MOST inferior of all. Even the subsaharan pigmies have more logic than you do. GO AWAY! I do not have time for a bankrupt troll.

  • Hind Abyad

    I was right
    Hind Abyad • 3 years ago
    Funny how everything turned out to be true!! in 2011 Sarkozy told Al Rai: “Prepare your people for an exodus to Europe, the Western powers are preparing to invade the Middle East”. Today Netanyahu is asking European Jews to prepare for an Exodus (mass emigration) to the ME. Israel is not enough it will take Syria for all Europe’s Jews. “So this is how ISIS proxies got out of hand..Holy Land and Oil, how perfect..poor Christians”.

    Invited at the Elysee the 5th of September 2011, S.B. Bechara Boutros Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and the entire Middle-East (the head of the most important Church in the Middle-East that is attached to Rome) heard that France and its allies will soon intervene militarily in Syria to establish the Muslim Brothers as the leaders of the country. The Christians of the Orient, who would lose their place in society, would then have to prepare themselves for the exodus and could find refuge in Europe. © Présidence de la République -P. Segrette

    The western Catholic press is staging an all-out attack against the new
    Maronite Patriarch and his hostile reaction to an international intervention for
    regime change in Syria. His detractors accuse him of collaboration with the
    “dictatorship of the Assad”. The Syrian National Transitional Council (SNC), which was constituted in Turkey, is dominated by the Muslim Brothers. The Brotherhood has always been severely repressed by Damascus and their historic stronghold cities are now at the heart of the protests. The Muslim Brothers want to impose a modern version of the Sharia.

    • Rudy1947

      Pass the air sickness bag

      • Hind Abyad

        Confirmed spammer blocked

        • Rainbow Sponge

          Jeez it’s like you live here. Do eBay and Amazon send your parcels to yalibnan?

    • Hannibal

      You are always right Hind… Those bunch of zio idiots are bankrupt culturally and spiritually. There is only one cure for that and it is coming.

  • Hind Abyad

    Zionist ugly pygmy rat Sarkozy invited Patriarch Al Rai to Paris Élisée Palace, to
    tell him ‘prepare your people for an exodus to Europe’ banging his fist on the table
    as Al Rai was furious. Because he refused.
    On his return Al Rai was accused of meddling in Politics(???)
    How hypocrite. Israel’s lackeys wanted to empty the levant from it’s Christians.
    We saw what happened first killed beheaded robed raped sold as sex slaves
    were Christians in Syria Iraq Egypt Libya, now in oldest Christian lands Nineveh,
    by Kurd.
    This article warned in 2011.
    ‘Christians of the Orient stand up against the new Western colonialism’.
    Syria was invaded by barbarians from 75 countries, now they want to push Lebanon int a civil Warhttps://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03a890354bb413f10203122234cf85b8a5fcae8825316cff0e7869ab5c7a880c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60f59c3ed22953bfc62e757b2fe295437571222b2d3e3cf3a33d0ebe548911e4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d93ab38e6d68a7f49259a3c4a5e7154183a398deea27be4cdb924f6ed977f63.jpg

    • Rainbow Sponge

      MaImequer0 Guest • 2 years ago

      It’s very simple…. like a student that has bizarre ideas and the prof calls them out… they come home and kick their puppy. It’s simple projection. Abyad has bizarre ideas and does not fit in to her host country… an outcast…. so, she spends 24/7 activisting… any that might agree with her are ‘friends’ and that don’t are ‘enemies’…. however, some are honest and tell the fool how ridiculous she is….. all of those in this category get rolled into one entity (in her mind).. and become some grand enemy.. hiding in her computer, under her bed… sending secret codes to each other… killing her ‘friends’ by secret mind-rays, stalking (on public internet chat boards), ‘stealing’ user names, etc…. OR it’s mossad getting revenge for her ‘activisting’…..lol !!