Al-Rahi Heads to Turkey, Says People are Fed up with Divisions

Posted on: June 27, 2012 at 00:08
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi said on Wednesday that “people are fed up with divisions” and reiterated support for Lebanese from all sects and parties.

“People are fed up with divisions and we are always with all Lebanese from all sects, moods, movements and parties,” al-Rahi said at Rafik Hariri International Airport ahead of travelling to Turkey on a pastoral trip.

Bkirki “respects everyone and we want the best for all,” he was quoted as saying by the state-run National News Agency.

Asked whether the recent visit of a March 14 opposition delegation to the seat of the Maronite church was an ice-breaker, al-Rahi said: “We didn’t put any ice in anyone’s path.”

“The meeting was good and sometimes misunderstandings do take place,” he added.

The delegation announced last Friday that the misunderstanding between some March 14 Christian officials and al-Rahi has ended and talks between the two sides will continue.

Relations between al-Rahi and the opposition’s Christians deteriorated after the patriarch made several controversial statements on the Syrian revolution and Hizbullah’s arms.
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