BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai met with President of the Central Maronite Council Wadih Khazen Tuesday to stress the need to hold a presidential election and avoid a political vacuum.
“His Eminence confirmed the importance of preventing any vacuum in official positions in the country, whether political or administrative … stressing the need for and the importance of the transition to presidential elections,” Khazen said.
He added that both had agreed that Lebanon would be unable to cope with the lack of leadership if the election wasn’t held, particularly in light of regional developments and the government’s last-minute agreement on a ministerial statement.
Also Tuesday, Rai met with Canadian Ambassador Hilary Childs-Adam to discuss the latest events in the region and bilateral ties between the two countries.
Later in the day, he held talks separately with Director General of the L’Oeuvre d’Orient Association Pascal Gollnisch and a delegation of the Maronite League headed by Samir Abillama.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 19, 2014, on page 4.