NNA - Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Minister, Gebran Bassil, toured Saturday a number of villages and towns in the Upper Chouf region, where Christian victims fell during the Lebanese civil war events, especially on March 16, 1977.
Accompanied by Displaced Minister Ghassan Attallah and MP Mario Aoun, Bassil began his tour from the town of Mazra'at El-Chouf, where a reception was held in their honor in the courtyard of St. George Church followed by a Mass service.
They later had stopovers in the towns of Maasser El-Chouf, Botmeh, Barouk, Kfarnabrakh and Deir El-Qamar, where they visited several churches, attended Mass services and laid floral wreaths at the church entrances in the presence of crowds of supporters.
While Bassil did not make any statement, Atallah said: "As a Minister of the Displaced, this tour was inevitably necessary forty two years after the painful events that took place following the assassination of Martyr Kamal Jumblatt with people living peacefully in their towns in the Upper Chouf."
"This step is to strengthen and fortify the return, and thus help us close all files in the Ministry," he corroborated, adding, "We expect two historic words by leader Walid Jumblatt and the President of the Republic during the Mass of Repentance and Forgiveness in Deir Al-Qamar."