Patriarch Beshara Rai. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Patriarch Beshara Rai leaves for Washington Monday at the head of a delegation of Eastern church patriarchs to attend a conference on protecting the Christian presence in the Levant, sources in Bkirki said Tuesday.While in Washington, the conference's sponsors might arrange meetings with senior U.S. officials, the source said. If he meets U.S. officials, Rai will discuss issues that serve the Christian presence in the Levant. "The patriarch's meetings in Washington and Moscow and with Sayyed Nasrallah are designed to discuss the persecution of the Christians in the Levant and how to confront terrorism sweeping the region," the source said.During his visit to Washington, Rai is heading a delegation of patriarchs that includes Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II and Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.
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