Hizbullah Agrees to Meet al-Rahi, Says Contacts Ongoing

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Hizbullah doesn’t oppose any meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi as the party stressed that contacts with Bkirki are ongoing.

“We don’t mind to hold a meeting (with al-Rahi) at any time,” Hizbullah circles said in comments published in al-Joumhouria newspaper.

However, the sources pointed out that the security circumstances are impeding such a meeting.

Al-Rahi said on Wednesday ahead of a short visit to Iraq that he wouldn’t mind to meet Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

“The important matter is to meet and talk with one language as Lebanon and its nationals are at stake.”

“Contacts between Bkirki and the party hasn’t been cut even during the Patriarch’s visit to the occupied Palestine territories,” the sources said.

The sources said that the party only had a stance regarding the Patriarch’s visit but kept the “line open” with Bkirki.

Al-Rahi traveled to Jerusalem in May to welcome Pope Francis during his brief visit to the Holy Land.

He was the first patriarch to travel to Israel since the Jewish state was created in 1948.

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