Syriac Maronite Patriarch al-Rai meets with Australian Ambassador at Patriarchal Edifice

BETH KERKE, Lebanon — Syriac Maronite Patriarch al-Rai recently met with several political and social figures at the Patriarchal Edifice to discuss a number of issues related to the current political and economic situation in Lebanon.

One of those meetings was with Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Andrew Barnes.

During the meeting, the Patriarch and the Ambassador reviewed the overall situation in Lebanon at various levels, as well as the bilateral relations that bring the two countries together in a distinguished friendship.

They also discussed the most prominent challenges and difficulties experienced by the Lebanese people and the need for party leaders and political officials to strive to prioritize the public interest over private interests and to carry out the necessary reforms to confront those challenges.

The Patriarch also met with former Minister Mansour Bteish and Presidential Adviser Antoine Constantine. They discussed several issues, the most prominent of which was the need to form a government and hold presidential elections within the constitutional deadline.

In a meeting with MP Michel Elias Murr, the Patriarch discussed ways to get out of the current crisis in Lebanon and the importance of electing a president who represents the aspirations of all Lebanese people.

The President of the Center for Cooperation and Peacebuilding  Studies Dania Koleilat al-Khatib, and retired Brigadier General Saeed al-Qazh also visited Patriarch al-Rai and briefed him on the center’s activities aimed at converging views between countries and peoples in light of regional changes.