Hazim Recieves a Delegation from Hezbollah:
We Are Firmly Rooted in the Region and Without Fear We Live a Common Life
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim received a delegation from Hezbollah that included members of the party's political council, Sheikh Muhammad Saleh and Ghaleb Abu Zeinab, at the patriarchal residence at Balamand yesterday. After the meeting, Ignatius said, "This meeting does not happen every day and I believe that the divine presence that all hear is the truth that we live. We are all partners in accomplishing things for the glory of God and it is necessary to look at the state of humans who represent God's will." In response to a question about events in the region and fear for the Christians, he said "I refuse for there to be fear for the Christians. We exist in Lebanon and Syria and we have no fear for the Christians. We only have fear when forces work for our destruction. We are firmly-rooted in the region and we are not at all strangers to each other. We live a common life with all. Our presence does not represent a fiction. We all live with each other and without this we all depart." He added, "We live in Syria and it is our country. We shall remain there and we are not concerned by other things which are designed to have other roles."
Abu Zeinab described the meeting as "a good opportunity that allowed for meeting with Patriarch Hazim, in which there was much love." He said, "The meeting treated the totality of common national issues and there was complete agreement between us and His Beatitude on everything that was mentioned, since His Beatitude has an insightful view of everything that is occurring and he is at ease, reflecting our being at ease." With regard to general conditions in the region, he said, "There are interests at play in the region and it is only when we are united with one heart and one hand and we discern those who wish us evil that we are able to confront them without being effected by the course of events."
And from the English-language Daily Star, here.
No Fear for Christians in Lebanon, Syria: Hazim
by Antoine Amrieh
IVKOURA, Lebanon: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim said Wednesday that there is no fear for Christians living in Lebanon and Syria but only of forces “working to destroy us.”
Following a meeting with a Hezbollah delegation at the patriarchate in Balamand, Hazim said “I refuse that there be fear for Christians.
We are present in Lebanon and Syria, and we have no fear for Christians; we only fear when there are forces working on destroying us.”
Hazim added that Christians will remain in Syria and will coexist with everyone as they are no strangers to the region.
Ghaleb Abu Zeinab, a member of Hezbollah’s political bureau, described the meeting as a good opportunity to discuss national issues.