Bechara Asmar Visits Bkirki for First Time Since Insulting Comments

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Resigned head of the General Confederation of Lebanese Workers, Bechara Asmar, on Tuesday visited the Maronite Patriarchate seat in Bkirki, less than one month after the wave of public anger that his insulting comments against late Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir had caused.

Speaking following his meeting with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi, Asmar admitted to committing a mistake, saying, however, that the State had no right to arrest him.

Asmar hoped that his relationship with the Maronite Patriarchate would remain intact, saying that Al-Rahi showed understanding and mercy "more than anyone can imagine".

The resigned labor union chief reiterated that what happened was used to topple him, adding that nothing was a coincidence given the quantum leap he made during his mandate.

During his visit to Bkirki, Asmar laid a wreath at the tomb of the late Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Sfeir.

Last month, Asmar was heard mocking the late cardinal, one day after he was laid to rest, being unaware that his microphone was already turned on before a press conference.