AOUN TO EAST CATHOLIC PATRIARCHS COUNCIL: LEBANON IS GATEWAY OF FREEDOM INTO REGION

President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, underlined that Lebanon is the gateway of freedom into the entire region, saying "it [Lebanon] is worthy of being a center of dialogue for civilizations and religions."

President Aoun's fresh words on Wednesday afternoon came during his meeting at the Baabda palace with a delegation of the Council of Catholic and Orthodox Patriarchs of the Orient, on the occasion of the Council's 25th conference at the Maronite patriarchal summer residence in Diman.

Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi was also present during the meeting.

Aoun stressed that a global campaign should be launched after the war to repair and restore all historical places, including churches, which witness civilizations in Iraq, Syria or Lebanon.

The President brought to attention that he has taken up this issue earlier with His Holiness Pope Francis and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, whereby they both expressed their support for this matter.

Aoun also disclosed that he shall dwell on this topic in his address at the UN General Assembly upcoming September.

In his delivered word, Patriarch Rahi said that East Catholic Patriarchs' Council holds its 25th conference under the general headline of "Ecclesiastical and Political Situation in the Middle East Countries" at the Diman summer patriarchal residence.

"We met with the President to listen to his viewpoints on an array of matters put forward by the council during the Conference," Rahi said.

Source: National News Agency