Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi declared Wednesday, after his meeting with President Michel Aoun in Baabda, that “no one is as concerned with Lebanon as the President” and called on PM-designate Saad Hariri to “accelerate the government formation.”
Al-Rahi assured that the Pope’s speech is “a guide for us, heads of churches,” and that “we will start working within our ecclesiastical framework to implement his recommendations.”
“We don’t have time to waste,” the Patriarch warned, remarking that “His Holiness is carrying the Lebanese cause deeply in his heart and conveying it to the international community,” and that “we must work on solving our internal issues,” because “it is not acceptable that the Pope carries our cause to the world when we are not thinking about it ourselves.”
Al-Rahi added that “everyone is violating the constitutional laws,” calling on Hariri to “accelerate the government formation with President Aoun in accordance with the (Lebanese) constitution,” because “Lebanon is falling victim to this delay.”
The Patriarch mentioned that he does not rule out the presence of “a plot targeting Lebanon.”
“Should we open the door for the thief, or should we fortify (our country)?” he asked.