Syria: Father Dall'Oglio on al-Qaeda payroll, gov't says

Expelled after 30 yrs, Jesuit is "aligned with the enemy"

20 September, 20:13

(ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 20 - Italian Jesuit Father Paolo Dall'Oglio is on the al-Qaeda payroll, state news agency SAN reported Syria's foreign ministry as saying on Thursday.

Dall'Oglio, who lived in Syria for more than 30 years and founded a center for interfaith dialogue there, was expelled in recent months.

''Father Dall'Oglio did not respect his spiritual mission, but took part in the media disinformation campaign against Syria, a country which hosted him for decades, facilitating his work'', the ministry said in a communique. ''Father Dall'Oglio, who has been a guest in Syria for 30 years and has witnessed all its political, economic and social successes, is now touring certain countries, meeting with institutional leaders and conducting a media campaign with several news organizations, which is being paid for by certain entities. He attacks Syria and justifies the terrorist actions carried out by jihadists, Salafists and Takfiris, including al-Qaeda''. Father Dall'Oglio was expelled by ''the competent ecclesiastical authorities in Syria because he has interfered in internal Syrian affairs in favor of terrorist groups. This is proven by the fact that he has called for the imposition of a no-fly zone outside the context of the UN Security Council, thus aligning himself with the enemies'', the communique said.

(ANSAmed).

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