BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai met with a Syrian delegation from the St. Mansour Association in Damascus Thursday, in Bkirki, the seat of the Maronite patriarch.
During the meeting, president of the association Riad Sarje praised Rai’s motto of “Partnership and Love,” affirming the important role of the patriarchate in the Middle East.
In return, Rai hoped for peace to prevail in the world and especially the Arab region which “is witnessing tensions and turbulence in these days.”
The visit comes after Rai expressed his fears for the Christian presence in Syria if President Bashar Assad’s government falls as a result of popular uprising in the neighboring country.
In France, the head of the Maronite Church warned the international community that Assad’s alternative, a Muslim Brotherhood rule, might threaten the presence of Christians.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 23, 2011, on page 3.