Patriarch Beshara Rai, center right, greets Hezbollah official Sayyed Ibrahim Amin Sayyed in Bkirki, Friday, May 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Maronite Patriarchate Bkerke, HO)
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Hezbollah said Friday that a controversial visit that Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai plans to make to occupied Jerusalem later this month would have negative consequences for Lebanon, adding that it hoped Rai would take the party's opinion into consideration.He said that Rai had cited religious considerations for his visit, particularly in terms of the significance of Jerusalem for Christians, aside from the political fallout.Sayyed said that his party was not suspicious of the goals Rai aimed to fulfill with his visit. Rai has said he would join Pope Francis during a tour of the Holy Land on May 24-26, a visit that would make Rai the first Maronite patriarch to travel to Israel since it was founded in 1948 .
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