ASIA/LEBANON - Marine Le Pen visits Lebanon. Meeting with the Maronite Patriarch on the agenda

Monday, 20 February 2017 international politics   middle east   oriental churches   religious fundamentalism  

Michel Sayegh

Beirut (Agenzia Fides) - If she becomes the President of France, Marine Le Pen will reconnect official diplomatic relations with Assad’s Syria and will reopen the French embassy in Damascus. On the occasion of her 48-hour visit in the Country of Cedars, the candidate for the Elysee, National Front leader has confirmed her programmatic intentions regarding the Syrian dossier in interviews to the Lebanese press. During her brief trip to Lebanon, Marine Le Pen has already been received by President Michel Aoun in the Presidential Palace in Babda. The agenda of the short trip also includes meetings with Maronite Patriarch Boutros Bechara Rai, with Lebanese Premier Saad Hariri and politician Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces.
In the meeting with President Aoun - refers the Lebanese media - Marine Le Pen said she referred to the struggle against Islamic fundamentalism as a context for collaboration between Lebanon and France, and highlighted the need for more decisive international support that helps institutions and the Lebanese population to cope with the emergency of refugees from Syria and Iraq. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 20/02/2017)