Maronite Patriarch: Naturalization Decree Is Unconstitutional

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Maronite Patriarch: Naturalization Decree Is Unconstitutional

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi blasted the naturalization decree that was inked recently as “unconstitutional”, adding that naturalization, which has always been banned by the Lebanese Constitution, means granting citizenship to those who are not of Lebanese descent.

"How can we accept this while there are thousands of citizenship applications submitted by people of Lebanese origins piled up at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior?" Al-Rahi said during his Sunday sermon.

The Patriarch criticized the international community for not encouraging Syrian refugees to return to their homeland, adding that he had relayed this complaint to French President Emmanuel Macron during his recent visit to Paris.

Source: Kataeb.org