Paris - Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi currently on an official three-day visit to Paris attended a dinner banquet on Tuesday evening at Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares's Paris residence.
The pair held a closed meeting, which had been an occasion to discuss general developments in Lebanon, and the prospects of the forthcoming stage after the formation of the new government.
"This meeting has allowed us to exchange views with the Fares on all issues. We look forward to a new phase in which we will be able to face the current challenges and find solutions to them. This requires the participation of all the country's capable and dedicated leaders," Rahi said.
"If Lebanese officials wish to form a government that gets attracts the confidence of the Lebanese and the international community, then they must cooperate with President Fares," Rahi added, highlighting the need for trust figures "whom Fares would find his natural place among."
Earlier, Rahi held talks with senior French officials, including French President Emmanuel Macron. Discussions majorly focused on Lebanese-French relations, security and economic stability in Lebanon, the Syrian refugee crisis, and commitment to the reforms needed to support Lebanon internationally. Francophone in Lebanon and the status of education that preserves this culture also featured high on Rahi's talks with French officials.
Source: National News Agency