Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi on Wednesday said that the Syrian refugees' presence has become a burden for Lebanon at all levels, warning that linking their return to a political solution in Syria poses a great danger to the country. “I don’t want the public opinion to think that we are against the Syrian refugees; on the contrary, we want them to return back to their homeland, to their history and culture," he said during a meeting with the newly-elected Maronite League council.
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Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi on Wednesday renewed his call for the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, urging the international community to not link this issue to finding a political solution in Syria.
Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi blasted the destructive practices of the political class, saying that the alarming economic reports on Lebanon prove the presence of rampant corruption. "Throughout history, Lebanon has never reached this level of corruption. There are corrupt officials who are legitimizing corruption and giving the people scraps to keep them silent," Al-Rahi said in an interview with Al-Joumhouria newspaper.