Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi sounded the alarm over the growing Syrian refugee influx, deeming it as the "biggest danger" that is threatening Lebanon's entity, culture, economy and security.
"Nonetheless, I honestly don't have any inner fear because I believe that the Virgin Mary and Lebanese saints will not abandon our country," he said in an interview published in Al-Joumhouria newspaper.
The patriarch slammed the government's idleness and inaction towards the Syrian refugee crisis, urging a swift action so as to alleviate this burden.
"We should demand the international community to stop the war in Syria. If it fails to do so, the Syrian refugees should be moved back to safe zones inside their country," he noted. "Lebanon cannot take this anymore."
Al-Rahi said that it would be inevitable to launch talks with the Syrian regime should all efforts come unstuck, stressing the need for Lebanese authorities to take action so as to solve this "existential crisis".
"The State must assume and address this file even if it will have to engage in a dialogue with the Syrian authorities."