Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai has called for a “calm down on the southern front” so that Lebanon “under international auspices can resume negotiations on the demarcation of the border with Israel”.
His comments came a day after Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah threatened to respond immediately to any Israeli attack during maneuvers organized by the Israeli army along the border area.
Rai’s mass sermon on Sunday focused on a range of crises, including the migrant boat that sank off the coast of Tripoli last month.
“The images of the Tripoli shipwreck are still vivid before our eyes and the pain continues in our hearts as we see the deaths of children, adolescents, mothers and fathers,” said the Patriarch.
He continued: “It cannot be allowed that this tragedy is only a temporary event as some people are trying to turn the page like they are trying to turn the page of the Beirut port explosion and Al-Tleil village explosion in Akkar and others.
He called on the authorities “to conduct a transparent and impartial investigation on the eve of the parliamentary elections in order to establish responsibilities and put an end to questions and suspicions”.
The Patriarch also urged Lebanese citizens to participate massively in the elections, stressing that the elections “give citizens an opportunity to tell the world what kind of Lebanon they want… and to reject any proposed solution… that doesn’t tally with the reality of the country.” country is compatible.”
“It is clear that the majority of Lebanese adhere to a free, democratic and neutral Lebanon; a Lebanon national partnership and charter; a Lebanon of historical identity, justice and equality; a Lebanon with an army and constitutional institutions,” Rai said, stressing that Lebanese “want to live, prosper and have a free economy.”