Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, center, heads a meeting in Bkirki, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)
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Politicians Thursday hailed the National Charter announced by the Maronite Church a day earlier, saying it reflected Bkirki's eagerness to preserve coexistence and the Lebanese state. After visiting Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Thursday, caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour, from the Progressive Socialist Party, said the National Charter reflected the will of the Lebanese to live together in peace. Rai announced a National Charter after a meeting of the Council of Maronite Bishops Wednesday.Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam commended the National Charter during a telephone conversation with Rai.It called on all Lebanese citizens to embrace the National Charter.
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