Pope Francis has urged “All Lebanese to work together to rescue their nation in order to reclaim its position as an example for East-West dialogue and convergence,” Pope Francis said during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
The pope met with the Lebanese prime minister on Thursday, who came to seek counsel from the Vatican considering the contemporary issues Lebanon faces.
According to Mikati, the Pope emphasized the criticality of Lebanon’s role and relationship with its Arab neighbors in ensuring Lebanon’s continued “pioneering, distinctive status.”
Mikati expressed that Pope Francis assured him that, to assist Lebanon in overcoming this difficult period and reestablishing peace and stability, he would conduct all necessary efforts in all international fora.
Mikati further stated that they both agreed on the critical significance of reviving Islamic-Christian ties.
In order to advocate for Lebanon’s cause in international forums, the Lebanese prime minister is banking on the pope’s abilities.
After the meeting, Mikati said: “In these tiring times, we are in desperate need of our friends’ assistance.”
“The more Christians in Lebanon feel secure, the more this will trickle down to all Christians in the East,” he continued. I am certain that the Holy See can make a significant contribution in this regard.”
Mikati said that Christians in the East “have always been pillars of liberty, human rights, and religious freedom, and have always sought refuge in Lebanon.”