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kahwajiBeirut, Lebanon -Lebanese expatriates living in Gulf states should not involve themselves in the political affairs of their host states, Lebanon’s Army Commander General Jean Kahwaji said on Sunday.

He stressed that it was important for Lebanon to maintain good relations with Gulf counries, according to the Kuwaiti daily Al Anbaa.

“Kahwaji reiterated eagerness to keep the best relations with the Arab Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar, which are hosting thousands of Lebanese as he reminded of their offering to Lebanon during its time of crises,” the news site quoted him as saying.

“We do not want to boycott (relations) with anyone, nor do we want to intervene in the affairs of anyone. I have called on the Lebanese expats working in the Gulf countries not to engage in political affairs of the hosting states. People of the gulf, mainly people of Kuwait, consider Lebanon their second home. We are aware of the magnitude of emotion they have for Lebanon and its stability and the Lebanese have the same feelings towards them,” he said.

Kuwait has a significant Shiite population and has warned of Iranian meddling in their internal affairs exacerbating sectarian tension.

Last year, a blast claimed by Daesh targeted the Shiite Al Sadiq Mosque killing 27 people.
Kuwait’s leaders have repeatedly emphasised tolerance and national unity in the face of external plots seeking to divide society.

Kuwait’s leaders have repeatedly emphasised tolerance and national unity in the face of external plots seeking to divide society.

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