Senior Muslim and Christian leaders have highlighted Lebanon as an example of coexistence, saying that he deepening of democracy in Lebanon sends a message of hope to the Arabs and to the world.
The leaders further reiterated support for the Palestinian people and their national rights and also for Christians to remain in the Holy Land.
They met at Notre Dame University Louaize in Zouk Mosbeh, north of Beirut on July 1 for a follow-up to two previous events at Egypt's al-Azhar University.
During the previous event, Pope Francis stressed that religion “is not a problem, but a part of the solution” as it helps people lift their hearts toward God in order to “learn how to build the city of man.”
Following their July meeting, the leaders issued a final statement, declaring their willingness to go to the Vatican and other Christian and Islamic places to bolster cooperation.
Referring to the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt as well as in Iraq and Syria, they said, “The dangers of sectarian strife and the escalating conflicts and wars in a number of Arab neighbors, the solidity of coexistence, and the deepening of democracy in Lebanon sends a message of hope to the Arabs and to the world.”
The participants of the event also called for establishing Lebanon as an official international center of dialogue among religious, cultures and civilizations in order to “serve the Arab world and Christian-Muslim relations of the world.”