BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Maronite Catholic Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi, made a historical visit to Saudi Arabia, Monday, the Lebanese Ministry of Information confirmed.

Cardinal Rahi reportedly arrived to the King Salman Airbase this morning after making the short trip from the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut.

Greeting the Patriarch upon arrival had been Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, Lebanon’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Abdel Sattar Issa, and Saudi and Lebanese dignitaries.

The head of the Maronite Church will commence his official meetings tomorrow by having audience with his meetings tomorrow [Tuesday] with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and then with Crown Prince Mohammad Ben Salman.

Patriarch Rahi will also meet Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Rahi will leave Riyadh Tuesday night heading to Rome where he will partake in a number of ecclesiastical meetings.

Source: NNA

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