Lebanese Christian-Muslim meeting condemns violence in Syria

The participants at the Christian-Muslim meeting held at Bkirki on Sunday issued a statement condemning the “violence” in Syria and voiced their grief over the Syrian “martyrs.”

The meeting, which was held at Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai’s invitation, discussed Lebanese and regional developments as well as means to address their repercussions.

Following the meeting, the participants also condemned the violence in Iraq and the violence committed against Palestinian people in Palestine.

They also called for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine, establishing a Palestinian state and implementing relevant international resolutions.

On the domestic level, the participants voiced the importance of unity among the Lebanese people and voiced their disappointment of domestic political divisions.

“Lebanon can only confront controversial issues through dialogue,” the statement said, adding that social issues should be addressed separately from political arguments and interests.

The statement added that the participants will continue to work toward holding a regional Muslim-Christian summit.

Syria has witnessed anti-regime protests since mid-March 2011. The United Nations estimated that more than 8,000 people have been killed in the regime’s crackdown on dissent.

The Syrian regime has repeatedly blamed “armed terrorist groups” for the unrest.

-NOW Lebanon

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