Cardinal Raï confirms his historic visit to Riyadh; he will meet Hariri

Cardinal Raï confirms his historic visit to Riyadh; he will meet Hariri

Agenzia Fides

He will remind Saudi leaders that Lebanon "cannot withstand the wars of others on its soil". Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait alert fellow citizens to leave the Land of Cedars "as soon as possible".

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Maronite Patriarch Bechara Raï has decide, for the mom, not to postpone the first historic journey of a Christian leader to Saudi Arabia during which he will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who has been in Riyadh for a week. The Cardinal has met with the head of state, Michel Aoun, in the Presidential Palace in Baabda. Official sources, reported on condition of anonymity that "Raï's visit to Saudi Arabia remains on schedule" and the cardinal will try to see Hariri "to ask him about the situation".

According to sources, the Maronite Patriarch will report to Saudi Arabia that "Lebanon cannot withstand the wars of others on its soil or the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia". Among other issues, interreligious dialogue, the condemnation of terrorism and extremism, the situation of Lebanese who work in the country, about 300,000 according to ministerial data.

At the end of face= to-face meeting with Aoun, Cardnal. Raï left the palace without making any comment. According to the National News Agency, the talks focused on "the current situation and the latest developments"; the president re-launched the task of preserving "national unity" and safeguarding Lebanon "from regional conflicts".

The mission to Riyadh scheduled for November 13, should last one day and is increasingly taking on the contours of a political, rather than religious, mission. In the context of the visit, the cardinal will convey to the Saudi leaders a message from the Lebanese president, then return to the Vatican, where he will stay for a week and meet Pope Francis.

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:27
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