The Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, presented with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Lebanon, Ioana Frontka, the general situation and cooperation between Lebanon and the United Nations.
During the meeting, Frontka expressed her astonishment at the officials’ indifference to the situation of the people who are suffering as a result of the difficult living situation, stressing that she “follows his sermon every Sunday and that he speaks in the name of the people and expresses their suffering,” pointing out that “the United Nations will always remain by Lebanon’s side.”
She presented the aid provided by the United Nations to Lebanon, hoping that “the parliamentary elections will be held on time so that the voice of the Lebanese people will be heard.”
In turn, Al-Rahi commended the initiatives undertaken by the United Nations, hoping for “more support to enable the Lebanese citizen to withstand the crises he is experiencing.”
After the visit, Frontka said: “I express my gratitude to Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi for hosting me in Diman and for a very frank discussion about the need for urgent solutions in Lebanon, especially through the formation of the government. I assured him that the United Nations would continue to support Lebanon. We met that elections should take place On time, so that the voice of the Lebanese people is heard and given the opportunity to express their opinion.
At noon, Al-Rahi received President Fouad Siniora and former ministers Rashid Derbas and Sajaan Kazzi. After the meeting, Siniora stressed the “necessity to expedite the formation of a government of independent, non-partisan and non-provocative specialists.” The year 2005 was in the midst of the formation of the government on that day, and I met the Patriarch Sfeir, the triangle of mercy, and today it was an occasion to talk with the Patriarch about the many affairs and afflictions that Lebanon and the Lebanese suffer from, and it was also an occasion to consult on all these matters, especially since we need to strengthen national unity to confront all the challenges that Lebanon is facing. And the Lebanese, especially the issue of discrimination that is not in the interest of Lebanon and the Lebanese, and this matter is in the conscience of His Beatitude the Patriarch and the conscience of many Lebanese who are keen on Lebanon’s unity and its continuation as a basic model for coexistence in the region. To stop the collapse and achieve rescue.”
He reiterated what he said eight months after the visit of President Nabih Berri, stressing that “there are two options that have no third, either. Either a government is formed in which the main concern is to satisfy the Lebanese who want a government that expresses their mood and their desire to save their homeland, i.e. a government of independent, non-partisan and non-provocative specialists.” To stop the process of collapse, and thus start the rescue process, or to form a government that satisfies the politicians, and this government is stillborn, so there is no choice but to form a government that responds to the aspirations of the Lebanese and what they hope for, so that it can restore their confidence and the confidence of the Arab and international communities on whom we rely for the salvation of Lebanon. .
Siniora concluded: “The stage requires from His Excellency the President a practical initiative for real cooperation with the President-designate in order for a government to form real independent specialists and not to search for the interest of every official, and every delay, evasion and departure from the idea of specialists in the authoring process will be a heavy cost to the Lebanese who are suffering.” Both things are through wasting their dignity and their standard of living, and the last chance will be lost.”