BEIRUT: The need to support dialogue among Lebanese parties will be the focus of a Christian-Muslim summit set to take place Thursday at the Maronite patriarchate in Bkirki, a source close to the church told The Daily Star.
The summit will bring together 35 religious officials and their representatives, as well as members of the Muslim-Christian dialogue committee. Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will make an opening speech and participants will conclude discussions by issuing a final communiqué.
The Alawite community in Lebanon has also expressed interest in taking part in the summit, a statement released by Bkirki said Wednesday.The final statement of the summit is expected to stress the importance of promoting dialogue among Lebanese factions, to counter mounting religious and sectarian tensions, by urging political parties to refrain from taking sides with regional axes at the expense of Lebanon, the source said, and added that participants will likely highlight the need to combat rising emigration rates among Lebanese youth by guaranteeing job opportunities. Read more: