Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad al-Dinal-Hariri has called on the Russian Orthodox Church to assist with the establishment of a Palestinian state, the Orthodox Church Info blog reports today (November 17, 2010).
"We would like your church to help solve the conflict over the Holy Land and Palestine. Palestinians must be able to return home and have a state with the capital in Jerusalem," al-Hariri told Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Moscow on November 15.
If that happens, "a lot of factors giving rise to terrorism, extremism, and bad relations between religions will be gone," he said.
The Middle East conflict is the central problem of the region for everyone, "including Muslims, Christians, and Judaists," al-Hariri said.