Chidiac – We believe there is no salvation for Lebanon without the impartiality raised by the Patriarch
NNA – Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, met this evening in Bkirki with a “Strong Republic” Bloc delegation headed by former Minister May Chidiac, including MPs Shawki al-Daccash, Antoine Habshi, Ziad al-Hawat, Pierre Bou Assi, Fadi Saad, Joseph Ishaq and Imad Wakim, as well as former Minister Melhem Riachi.
The delegation conveyed to the Patriarch the Christmas greetings of Lebanese Forces Party Chief Samir Geagea, with talks centering on the general situation prevailing in the country.
In a brief word on behalf of the delegation following the visit, Chidiac said: “We came as a ‘Strong Republic’ Bloc delegation to congratulate His Beatitude on the occasion of Christmas, the time of salvation of humanity through the birth of the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. We are the country of hope, and we must constantly believe that peace and salvation are on their way…It is wrong for those who think that we are despaired or frustrated, because we are children of the resurrection, the resistance and the struggle, and we will continue our path in this context.”
She added: “We came to affirm the historical relationship between the Lebanese Forces and the Maronite Patriarchate. We came to assert this basic historical line that constitutes the guarantee for Lebanon and for coexistence.”
Chidiac reiterated her Party’s strong emphasis on the notion of “neutrality” initiated by the Patriarch, saying: “We, as Lebanese Forces, when visiting Bkirki, cannot but mention the issue of neutrality, for we believe that there is no salvation for Lebanon without this headline raised by His Beatitude the Patriarch, far-reaching its implementation, especially since His Holiness Pope Francis touched on this issue in the letter he addressed to the Lebanese yesterday.”
Chidiac went on to express her Bloc’s understanding of the Patrriach’s relentless efforts and endeavor to form a government, particularly with the rising financial and economic crisis in Lebanon that has reached a point where the citizen can no longer afford to live because of the distress and lack of resources. However, she voiced her Bloc’s belief that with such a ruling class, it is a hopeless and useless case!
“We do understand the concerns of our Patriarch, yet we assured him of our conviction that the best solution is to press for early parliamentary elections, for said elections are a salvation, a refuge and a gateway to changing the current majority that controls the fate of the Lebanese,” Chidiac corroborated.
She added that they also stressed during their talks on the need to put an end to the state of security chaos in the country, and reiterated the necessity of forming an international fact-finding committee under the supervision of the United Nations to look into the Beirut Port explosion, bringing together all that has been accomplished so far by France, the United States and other international bodies.
On a different note, the Patriarch continued to receive well-wishing visitors and messages marking the blessed season, whereby he met with former Bar Association Head Antoine Qlimos, and received congratulatory calls from Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, former PM Tammam Salam, Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Abdul-Latif Derian, Head of the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qablan, MP Bahiya Hariri, Ambassador Mustafa Adib and Mrs. Mona Hrawi.
Source: National News Agency