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Rahi from airport: Lebanon can no longer bear brunt of refugees

Oct 07

Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rahi on Friday left Beirut, commencing a pastoral visit to Rome and the United States of America.

Speaking at the airport prior to departure, Patriarch Rahi said that Lebanon can no longer bear the burden of the refugees, especially with the already simmering economic conditions in the country and the ongoing immigration trend.

He also warned from the danger of exploiting refugees politically and confessionally, as well as by terrorist organizations.

'It is essential to communicate with the persons concerned with refugees' return... and it is necessary to separate between the political and strategic causes, on one hand, and those which jeopardize Lebanon, on the other hand', concluded the Patriarch.