BEIRUT - Hezbollah told the head of the Maronite church on Friday that his planned trip to Jerusalem to accompany Pope Francis would have "negative repercussions".
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai
has said he will join the pope on his May 24-26 tour of the Holy Land, drawing criticism in Lebanon
which remains in a formal state of war with its southern neighbor Israel
"We presented our point of view ... about the negative repercussions of this visit," Ibrahim Amin al-Sayyed
, head of Hezbollah's political council, told reporters after meeting Rai
at the patriarch's offices in the hills overlooking Beirut
. "We hope that these considerations are taken into account."