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Maronite leader raps Lebanese interference in Syrian conflict

May 20, 2013

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai has criticized the political leaders of Lebanon in unusually blunt terms, and said that they should address their own nation’s problems rather than “interfere in the conflict in Syria.”

Speaking to an audience in Colombia during a trip to Latin America, the Lebanese prelate noted that “after six years of discussions and wasting time,” the nation’s politicians have not resolved an electoral impasse, the Lebanese economy is slumping, and many people survive only because of payments sent home by relatives working abroad.

Regarding the fighting in neighboring Syria—a country that has exerted enormous influence over Lebanon in recent years-- the Maronite leader said: "We have always demanded others not to meddle in our local affairs and it's not acceptable for us to interfere in the conflict in Syria.”


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