“The Bishops of the Maronite Church have voiced grave concern over the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan,” reports Independent Catholic News.
Asia News adds that: “The Maronite Church has clearly condemned the decision of the U.S. president, Donald Trump, to support Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights…….. the monthly meeting of the Assembly of Maronite bishops, under the chairmanship of Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, in the patriarchal see of Bkerké, ended with a statement that ‘this decision constitutes a violation of international law and paper of the United Nations, and the right of every people to recover their stripped and occupied territory.’ This principle – the bishops add – also applies to the right of Lebanon to recover what is still occupied on its soil.”
Meanwhile, The Syria Times reports that the Maronite patriarch “has stressed that some influential countries don’t want the Syrian refugees to return home.
‘The problem today lies with the huge powers, since they do not want to facilitate the refugees return. These countries insist not to separate the refugees case from the political solution in Syria. However, if the status quo persists, it foretells of future risks’ .”