Maronite Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi said that Lebanon is a neutral state under the National Charter, stressing the need for efforts at home and with the international community, to declare such a neutrality, through avoiding any slip into international and regional alliances.

Patriarch Rahi’s stance on Monday evening came during a dinner banquet held by the Lebanese-Australian Institute in Sydney, attended by Maronite Perish Archbishop, Antoine Charbel Tarabey, as well as academic, social and cultural dignitaries in Australia.