Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said in a statement on Thursday that his ties with the top Christian spiritual leader in Lebanon , Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai are back to normal. “The ties with Rai are now warmer and I will meet with him once the security situation allows it
Former Lebanese president and current Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel and Lebanese Forces bloc MP Strida Geagea described the meeting held earlier on Friday between Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai and a March 14 delegation as “very positive and friendly.”
National Liberal Party leader MP Dori Chamoun told Al-Liwaa newspaper in remarks published on Monday that Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai’s statements on Syria and Hezbollah’s arms are “a fatal sin.” “Rai has abandoned the Lebanese people’s principles… and the Syrian regime has abandoned the Christians,”
March 14 MP Khaled Zahraman told OTV on Thursday that his Future Movement parliamentary bloc “does not understand the support” voiced by Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Fares Soueid, Coordinator of March 14 General Secretariat told Voice of Lebanon on Monday that he hopes “Bkirki remains above political rhetoric and above aligning with any team.” “We did not hear the patriarch reiterate the political positions that he said from Paris or Baalbek during his visit to South Lebanon
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai said on Tuesday during a visit to the Metn town of Al-Arbaniyya that his recent ( controversial) statements were taken out of context and that the patriarchate “cannot relinquish any party and does not want to eliminate or marginalize any party, because Lebanon needs all its citizens, parties and sects.”
MP Walid Jumblatt assailed Monday Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai’s controversial statements that linked the fate of Hezbollah’s arms to a Middle East peace settlement, saying Lebanon cannot remain hostage to regional conflicts.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly told the visiting Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, who fears for the future of minorities in Syria, that “the regime in Syria is over,” adding, “this is a certainty, and not an expectation.
Maronite Patriarch Mar Bishara Boutros al Rai , who traveled to France to meet with President Nicolas Sarkozy and French officials took with him a study on the situation of Christians in Lebanon that includes 5 items, all relating to the protection of Christians in Lebanon and the reflection of the crisis in Syria on […]
President Michel Suleiman said on Saturday night during a dinner that he hosted at his residence in Amchit in honor of Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai that stability in Lebanon requires “a political will” from its parties.