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Rahi bound for Vatican, touts neutral cabinet formation.

NNA - Maronite Patriarch, Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, left Beirut on Tuesday bound for Vatican, where he will be holding a church visit and a meeting with the Supreme Pontiff.

In a statement he had delivered at the airport prior to his departure, Rahi advocated the formation of an impartial cabinet capable of "abolishing the existing barricades between March 8 and March 14, and attaining reconciliation between both political adversaries." Rahi also hailed the most recent stances by Lebanese President, Michel Sleiman, whom he described as the "living martyr".

The Maronite Patriarch also voiced praise to the Lebanese Army institution which is burning the candle at both ends, in cooperation with other security apparatuses, to preserve the nation's security.

Rahi did not fail to deplore the Bek abominable crime, which left four Lebanese citizens dead on Sunday.

"Settlements that are being made after such crimes are the prime reason why things are not being handled as should be. Failure to strike with an iron fist such acts leads to more of them," Rahi warned.

===============R.H.

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