Saudi Arabia did not assault Lebanon’s sovereignty, did not breach its independence, did not violate its borders, did not engage it in wars, did not disrupt its democracy, and did not disrespect its state, according to Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi:
“It has consistently backed Lebanon in Arab and international forums, supplied financial assistance, and invested in its economic and urban revitalisation programmes. It was in charge of facilitating reconciliations and finding solutions.”
Saudi Arabia, he said, “recognised the significance and value of Lebanon’s presence in the Arab world, and it never attempted to place it in a burden, a conflict, or a disagreement, but rather in a partnership.”
In the presence of the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Lebanon Walid Bukhari, Al-Rahi gave a speech at the patriarchal structure in Bkerke to commemorate the publication of Abbot Antoine Daou’s book “The Relationship of the Maronite Patriarchate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Ambassador Bukhari hoped that the Lebanese parties would “overcome the higher Lebanese interest in confronting the challenges that Lebanon is facing, including the attempt by some to tamper with the close relationship between Lebanon and its Arab depth.
“We launch the call of heaven to earth from the edifice of love, renewing the covenant and promise to the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in spreading the culture of peace, building bridges of moderation, strengthening ways of coexistence, and preserving human dignity,” Bukhari said.
“Based on the significance of the event and the location, the Kingdom renews partnership and fraternity today under cover of pan-Arabism, whose pillars are moderation, dialogue, love, and peace,” he continued.
He made it clear: “Under no circumstances does the Kingdom allow the Lebanese national identity or the fabric of Arabism to be jeopardised. Both the Christian and the Muslim are important and balancing elements of this real Arab Eastern identity.”
Patriarch Al-Rahi stated that Saudi Arabia was the first Arab country to recognise Lebanon’s independence in 1943. The Kingdom respected the Lebanese choice, identity, pluralism, system, traditions, and way of life based on these covenants and promises.