Patriarch Beshara Rai, left, receives Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri in Bkirki, Friday, May 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai met with Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri Tuesday, with the two urging Lebanese people to unite and stand in solidarity with the Lebanese Army.Rai reiterated the need for Lebanese people to trust in the Army, describing them as the protectors of Lebanon's dignity, and ensure the country's freedom and independence.In a phone call with Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, Rai declared his full support for the Army and lauded the institution's strength and valor. Asiri pointed out that the Saudi kingdom's support of the Army was tangible and not just verbal, referring to a recent pledge to give the poorly equipped Lebanese Army with $3 billion to purchase new weapons from France.
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