NNA - Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi told protesters with special needs gathering in the Bkirki courtyard that caretaker Minister of Social Affairs, Richard Kouyoumdjian, "came carrying a gift to you, and will be announcing good news," stressing that “people with special needs are entitled to attention and care by the State."
"You have given great value to Bkirki with your presence here today," he said to them, pointing out that "States are measured by their attention to people with special needs."
Minister Kouyoumdjian, in turn, said: "We will not let any institution for people with special needs close its doors. I pledge to follow up on this issue with all the concerned parties in order to pay the dues."
He explained that "special needs institutions have signed contracts two months ago, and yesterday after a direct follow-up the contracts returned from the Audit Bureau. We need a week of work in the ministry and then we will send the contracts to the Ministry of Finance for the dues to be paid."