Hariri meets Matar delegated by Patriarch Rahi

FEBRUARY 20, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Former Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, met on Friday evening at “Beit al Wasat” with Beirut Maronite Archbishop, Boulos Matar, delegated by Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi.

Talks between the pair reportedly dwelt on the current developments in Lebanon and the presidential election’s issue.

The meeting took place in the presence of Hariri’s Adviser, Daoud al-Sayegh.

On emerging, Archbishop Matar stressed that the election of the president of the republic is a highly essential matter for things to be set right in Lebanon.

“Matters can only be settled in Lebanon with the election of president,” said Matar, hoping that this election would be soon realized.

In reply to a question, Matar said that no one has the interest to block the presidential elections, whereby everyone in the country is aware that Lebanon is for all the Lebanese under the ceiling of the state.

The Archbishop also hailed Premier Hariri’s adopted positions for the sake of moderation in the Middle East region and for the devoted and friendly co-existence among all the Lebanese and Arab constituencies in general.

Separately, Hariri met with Head of the “Independence” Movement, Michel Mouawad, whereby they broached the general situation.

Hariri also met with the Canadian Ambassador to Lebanon, Michel Cameron, with talks reportedly dwelling on the current developments and bilateral relations.

Hariri then met respectively with Vice Speaker, Farid Makari, Information Minister, Ramzi Jreij, and Social Affairs Minister, Rashid Derbas. Talks touched on the general political situation.