Market OverviewTop News

Lebanese Christian cleric seen to criticize Hezbollah, allies over crisis

2 Mins read
imageWorld2 hours ago (Jul 12, 2020 08:50AM ET)

(C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai visits the Lebanese embassy in Riyadh

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s top Christian cleric stepped up criticism of the Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its allies without naming them on Sunday, saying Lebanese rejected being isolated from their allies and driven into decline.

Lebanon is suffering a financial meltdown which marks the biggest threat to its stability since the 1975-90 civil war.

For the second sermon in a row, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai stressed the importance of Lebanon’s neutrality, implicit criticism of the heavily armed Hezbollah over its support for Iran in conflicts with Sunni-led Gulf Arab states.

Rai carries weight as the head of the Maronite church, the Christian community from which the president must be drawn in a sectarian system of government.

His last two sermons have been seen to mark a shift to a more openly critical stance against the policies of both Hezbollah and its ally President Michel Aoun.

Both back the government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

“The intervention was seen as a shift in his politics away from supporting the president and more into criticizing the political position of the country, regionally and internationally,” Mohanad Hage Ali of the Carnegie Middle East Center said.

Rai, in a copy of the sermon sent by email, said Lebanese “rejected any … parliamentary majority messing with the constitution … and Lebanon’s model of civilization, and that it isolate it from its brothers and friends … and that it move it from abundance to want and from prosperity to decline”.

Lebanon’s crisis is rooted in decades of state corruption and bad governance by the sectarian ruling elite.

Hezbollah’s opponents say it shoulders blame as its alliance with Iran has led Gulf Arab states that once supported Lebanon to keep their distance, closing off an important source of aid.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has called on Lebanon to look east as it seeks help fix the economy, though he said last week this does not mean the country should cut itself from the rest of the world.

Lebanese Christian cleric seen to criticize Hezbollah, allies over crisis

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Related posts
Market OverviewTop News

Mass jailbreak in Afghanistan, at least 24 die in Islamic State attack

2 Mins read
World7 minutes ago (Aug 03, 2020 03:51AM ET) 2/2 (C) Reuters. Army vehicle patrols near the site of an attack on a…
StockTop News

Forex - Dollar Edges Higher, But More Weakness Likely

2 Mins read
Forex5 hours ago (Aug 03, 2020 03:06AM ET) (C) Reuters. By Peter Nurse Investing.com — The dollar has posted small gains in…
Market OverviewTop News

Lebanese foreign minister Hitti says he will resign today: report

1 Mins read
World1 hour ago (Aug 03, 2020 02:55AM ET) 2/2 (C) Reuters. Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti speaks during a joint news conference…
Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us and our affiliates. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *