ANTELIAS: Various Lebanese officials visit Catholicos Aram I

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His Holiness received a number of communal and political leaders today in
relation to the atmosphere created following the parliamentary by-elections
in the Metn area on August 5.

During a phone conversation, the Pontiff and Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros
Sfeir of the Maronites stressed the importance of strengthening unity among
the Christians.

His Holiness received in the Bikfaya Monastery the members of the Union of
Christians headed by the former president of the Kataeb Party, Elie Karame,
Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Farid El-Khazen and Dr. Hendi.

Catholicos Aram I also received MP Mosbah El-Ahdab on behalf of the deputies
of Tripoli. During both meetings discussions focused on the atmosphere
created as a consequence of the elections in Metn. All the visitors
expressed their resentment of the statement made against the Armenian

His Holiness stressed that the Armenian community remains committed to
Lebanon and that inter-Christian unity is a top priority as the guarantor of
political stability in Lebanon.

The Catholicos also received phone calls from former Prime Ministers, as
well as the representatives of Prime Minister Fouad Seniora and Parliament
Speaker Nabih Berri.

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