Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch, Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, said on Wednesday that he is willing to meet with Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Seyed Hassan Nasrallah as part of efforts to promote national unity in the Arab country.
There already exists a dialogue committee between Bkerke (the seat of the Maronite church) and Hezbollah, Rahi said in response to Nasrallah’s call for national unity against the terrorist groups in Lebanon, the Lebanese National News Agency reported.
Rahi also highlighted the Lebanese people’s responsibility to demonstrate their unity against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group, which has recently carried out attacks against Lebanon.
“We thank God that the Lebanese Army was able to foil the plots (hatched by) the ISIL in (the Lebanese town of) Arsal, but this does not mean that we have managed to fully control ISIL existence in Lebanon,” said the bishop.
“As far as we know, they are hiding in huge numbers here and there,” Rahi said of the ISIL militants.
He also called on the Lebanese politicians to cooperate and reach a compromise on the election of a new president.