Mufti Derian welcomes UNIFIL Commander, Rifi

The Grand Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdellatif Derian, received on Thursday at his residence in Dar Al-Fatwa the Commander of UNIFIL, Aroldo Lazaro, who paid him a ceremonial visit after taking office in Lebanon.

The couple discussed the current situation in Lebanon and the region.

Derian then received Deputy Ashraf Rifi, who affirmed to the Grand Mufti his intention to work alongside official institutions, activate their role and prevent their disruption.

“We also affirmed to His Eminence our rejection of sectarianism and our intention to face any attempt to isolate Lebanon with all the capacities at our disposal,” Rifi said.

“Respect for the democratic parliamentary system in Lebanon begins with activating the role of constitutional institutions, as well as accountability, legislation and the formation of an effective Lebanese government,” Rifi added.

Moreover, he expressed his total rejection of the existence of illegal weapons. “We affirm that we support formal military and security institutions,” he added.

“We have also affirmed to His Eminence that we are against the proposal of civil marriage in any form as it violates religion and the constitution,” Rifi said.

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