More positive results from Bkirki meeting


It appears that the Bkirki meeting is having positive effect on inter Christian reconciliation. Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh invited Phalange bloc MP Sami Gemayel for lunch on Wednesday at his Bnachii residence in North Lebanon.

According to a statement issued by the Phalange party, Gemayel said that “the visit comes within the framework of the parties’ efforts to facilitate the endeavors of Maronite Patriarch Beshara Boutros al-Rai” in order to ensure rapprochement between Lebanese Christian politicians.

“We cannot give up on reconciliation of Christian parties .” Gemayel said.

This comes after Central News Agency (CNA) reported on Tuesday that upon his return to his residence in Maarab from the Bkirki meeting , Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea ordered his media department and all those concerned to show FPM and Marada Movement the same courtesy they show to the Phalange and National Liberal Parties and the National bloc.

A meeting was held on Tuesday between the country’s top Christian officials in Bkirki .The meeting was described as “brotherly and patriotic par excellence,” according to a statement released by the patriarchate after the talks.

The meeting was chaired by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Boutros al-Rai and addressed the general situation in the country, according to the statement.

The Lebanese Forces leader , Former Lebanese president and current Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel, Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh all took part in the meeting and all joined the Patriarch for prayers at 9:00 am before the meeting.