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Prime Minister Saad Hariri ( R) with Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir at Bkirki

Prime Minister Saad Hariri told reporters at Bkirki that he briefed Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir on his 3 visits to: Saudi Arabia, Denmark and Syria.

“We always turn to the patriarch, because he is Lebanon’s conscience, and we always seek his blessings,” said Hariri, adding that Sfeir welcomed the PM’s trip to Damascus.

Hariri reiterated his position that he visited Syria in his capacity as “the Lebanese prime minister, and I insist on being PM of a cabinet that serves all Lebanese.” He added that the visit was “historical” and “very important” to him.

“There was complete openness by Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, and we shared our points of view clearly and honestly. We should focus on the general interests of both countries ,” he said.

Hariri also touched on the issue of demarcating the Lebanese-Syrian border, saying that both states should approach the matter in a positive attitude”

“Why do we need border demarcation with Syria? We need border demarcation to open up economically to each other,” he said in reply to a reporter’s question.

Hariri said his visit to Bkirki was also designed to wish Sfeir Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Hariri later also visited the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Patriarchates to extend his Christmas greetings

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