Lebanon’s ambassador to the Vatican, Farid Elias Al-Khazen, stressed that Europe and the Vatican have an interest and love for Lebanon, but the Lebanese have to face their domestic issues. It would have been possible to intervene directly and strongly if a war had been going on in Lebanon and foreign interference has been taking place, but that is not the case.

Ambassador Al-Khazen spoke to the NNA, describing the relationship between Lebanon and the Vatican as normal, but the world is busy with major issues like the Coronavirus and Trump’s new heresy, the Deal of the Century.

The Lebanese crisis is internal, and everyone sympathizes with Lebanon, he said, stressing that the political class ought to initiate more than necessary reforms.

No one will come from abroad to assist this class and do the work on its behalf. The Vatican supports and provides assistance, but fruitful work must take place at the national level, he asserted.

Regarding the burdens incurred by Lebanon, he said: There is an assertion in the Vatican that Lebanon has a certain specificity and cannot tolerate a large number of Syrians. Let’s be frank, there is special interest in Lebanon because it is the country of liberties; Christians and Muslims live in it safely, and Christians play an indispensable political role.

He pointed out that His Holiness, Pope Francis deems his visit to Abu Dhabi historic, and should be activated. It is also from this perspective that Lebanon plays a role as an environment and a society prepared historically, politically and culturally for Islamic-Christian conviviality.

Source: National News Agency

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Lebanon's ambassador to the Vatican, Farid Elias Al-Khazen, stressed that Europe and the Vatican have an interest and love for Lebanon, but the Lebanese have to face their domestic issues. It would have been possible to intervene directly and strongly if a war had been going on in Lebanon...