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Rahi at Caritas conference: To dissociate political solution in Syria from refugee return

Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros Rahi on Wednesday called the international community to dissociate the political solution in Syria from the repatriation of the Syrian refugees present on the Lebanese soil.

"The international community must separate the political solution from the refugees' repatriation. There is a pressing necessity that the displaced Syrians return to their country," Rahi said.

The Patriarch made these remarks during the inauguration of Caritas regional conference on social welfare and religion in the Middle East, held at the Lady of the Mount Monastery in Fatqa.

Rahi maintained that "Lebanon dissociates religion from the state, yet it respects all religions and recognizes the principle of equal partnership between Christians and Muslims in ruling."

Source: National News Agency