15/03/2021

Syriac Maronite Patriarch Béchara Boutros al-Raï rejects any illegal weapons in Lebanon

BETH KERKE, Lebanon — The Syriac Maronite Patriarch Béchara Boutros al-Raï stated that the Lebanese Army is the only legitimate force responsible for defense in Lebanon.

“It is not permissible to legislate or cover the presence of illegal weaponry alongside the Lebanese Army,” Al-Raï stated.

The Patriarch added that the Lebanese Army is the army of the entire nation, not any one sect, and no one has the right to make it an army of one particular group or another or to turn it into a force to oppress the people.

Al-Raï has repeatedly called for international intervention in the country to ensure that corruption is stamped out and political reforms enacted. He has also advocated for Lebanon to adopt a policy of “active neutrality” to extract the country from violent and destructive regional politics.