BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri praised Wednesday the National Charter drafted by the Maronite Church and said the document should act as a road map for building up the country and strengthening national unity.
“The charter announced by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai should act as a road map for building the state, fortifying national unity, supporting legitimate institutions and ending the deteriorating political and security situation that Lebanon is suffering,” he added.
Hariri considered the charter to be “an authentic Lebanese vision that reflects the realities of coexistence between all Lebanese.”
Hariri confirmed that the Future Movement would support similar national trends, which he said were necessary for the protection of Lebanon and the rehabilitation of its legal institutions.
Future parliamentary bloc leader MP Fouad Siniora also expressed support for the charter, saying it confirmed the Lebanese national vision during a critical period, and symbolized a continuation of the Maronite Church’s long and historic role in the country.
Siniora also said that the declaration was an important addition to the other national documents. “We support what came out of this charter which was launched according to the accumulation of progressive national stances which aim at fortifying Lebanon’s independence, freedom, sovereignty and its national life, which is based on coexistence between Lebanese,” he added.
He said the charter was a “blessed national step” which would revive the state and reinforce the commitment to the Baabda Declaration.
The Baabda Declaration is an agreement signed in June 2012 by Lebanon’s rival politicians in which they pledged to disassociate Lebanon from regional turmoil, particularly the crisis in neighboring Syria.
Independent MP Butros Harb also praised the charter, which he said “confirmed the historical and national principles of the Maronite Church and coexistence and the necessity of a capable state and respect for national conventions.” Harb added that the charter called on politicians to rise above personal demands for the sake of the national interest.
Harb also praised Rai’s stance toward upholding constitutional institutions, particularly the presidency, saying there should be no vacuum and insisting elections should be held on time.
He said the charter urged Christian MPs “to do their constitutional and national duty and participate in the election of a new president, without stopping at the wins or losses of one political party over another.”
Harb called on “all political powers to respect its contents and work accordingly.”