Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai called for unity on “the issue of securing the safe return of displaced Syrians and refugees to their homeland, and resisting European and international pressures and their seductive tactics aimed at preventing their return and keeping them in Lebanon for political purposes that are neither in their favor nor in Lebanon’s.”

He also stressed the urge to “halt the war in southern Lebanon and put an end to the destruction of homes, shops, farmlands and crops, as well as the killing and displacement of innocent civilians,” considering that they are living in “an economic situation that has already impoverished them.”