Syriac Maronite Patriarch Al-Raï receives British Ambassador to Lebanon Ian Collard

BETH KERKE, Lebanon — During a protocol visit after assuming his new duties in Beirut, British Ambassador to Lebanon Ian Collard visited Syriac Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Boutros al-Raï at the patriarchal headquarters in Beth Kerke (Bkerke).

During the meeting, the Patriarch stressed to Ambassador Collard the need for Lebanon’s friends to support it in these difficult circumstances and the importance of holding an international conference for Lebanon. The Patriarch also stressed the need to hold transparent, fair, and free parliamentary elections that preserve the right for Lebanese citizens to choose their representatives.

Ambassador Collard, in turn, affirmed the United Kingdom’s support for Lebanese independence, sovereignty, and its leading role in the region.