Bishops pose for a picture after a meeting for the Maronite Gathering of Bishops in Bkirki on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Bkirki is adamant about keeping the situation of the Lebanese who fled to Israel at the end the occupation on the agenda, saying that the visit of seat of the Maronite Patriarch to the Holy Land restored hope for an end to their ordeal.Rai's visit to Israel caused controversy in Lebanon, especially among Hezbollah officials and southern Lebanese. His subsequent meeting with the Lebanese who had fled the country after the withdrawal of Israeli troops from south Lebanon in 2000 provoked further ire. The gathering also criticized MPs who have been boycotting Parliament sessions to elect a new president, saying such a move placed the country at a "great risk," given worrying developments in the region.
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