BEIRUT: The mufti of Tripoli and north Lebanon, Sheikh Malek Shaar, Friday called on religious officials – Sunnis and Shiites – to stay away from armed struggle.
"People must not turn their weapons against each other and engage in a life of wars and fighting that does not know the meaning of love and peace,” Shaar told a news conference on the eve of Ramadan.
Addressing Sunni and Shiite religious leaders, he said: “Stay away from fighting.”
“It’s time for us – in Lebanon, particularly, and in the Arab world in general – to stop the plots aimed at causing evil to our country for the sake of achieving the goals of our only enemy, Israel,” he added.
He also urged the various political parties to speed up the presidential election.
“Electing a president must be a priority in Lebanon,” he stressed. “The country must not be without a head of state, one who would oversee the movement of the country from A to Z."
He called on MPs, particularly those who had been boycotting voting sessions to elect a new president, to put the interests of the country above their personal interests.
In response to a question, Shaar stressed that Lebanon was governed by a Constitution, dismissing talk about an Islamic state.