Saudi Ambassador calls on leaders to put differences aside

On Thursday Saudi Arabi’s ambassador to Lebanon Walid Bukhari urged leaders to put the country’s interest ahead of their own in order to face the many challenges facing it.

Bukhari’s comments came after meeting with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai in Bkirki, Lebanon’s most senior Christian cleric who has taken a leading role in attempting to safeguard the country.

He has repeatedly urged leaders to agree on a new government and previously called for a UN-sponsored international conference to help break the deadlock.

Speaking from the seat of the Maronite church, Bukhari said: “The relationship between the Kingdom and the Maronite Patriarch is a guarantee to preserve a free and independent Lebanon.”