Rai said Lebanon “is fully independent, with an Arabic identity and belonging.” (The Daily Star)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai called on Eastern and Western states to stop funding terrorism Sunday, urging them to stop sending militants to battle in Iraq and Syria.Rai urged international organizations to help the Christians of Mosul return to their homes and to ensure the protection of all their rights.Rai said that he is set to visit Christians expelled from Mosul and Ninevah in the next couple of days. The patriarch spoke on the core principles of the National Pact, saying that the Lebanese had embodied all its components through an equal power-sharing formula between Christians and Muslims in the fields of governance and administration.
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