Shiite Council: Decision to prevent religious visits falls within government's jurisdiction

Sat 22 Feb 2020 at 16:47 Miscellaneous

NNA - Head of the Pilgrimage Section at the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council, Mufti Sheikh Hassan Sharifa, said in a statement on Saturday that "in wake of several contacts received from different parties, on the need to issue a circular to prevent visits to the countries in which infected Coronavirus cases have been announced, the Council affirms that its office has no authority to prevent any visitor from traveling to any destination, whether to visit Iran or Iraq, or to perform the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages in the Saudi Kingdom, or to visit any other place."

The statement added that "the issue is a general Lebanese matter and the instructions and decisions declared by the Lebanese government include us, like other citizens."

==================== R.Sh.

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