BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman condemned any attack against holy places and called on both sides of the Syria conflict to respect the laws of war, according to a statement released Monday.
Sleiman “condemned any violation of holy places in any corner of the earth as they symbolize civilization, the spirit of peace, tolerance and brotherhood,” a statement from his office said.
The statement said Sleiman made the remarks during a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Nice over the weekend.
Sleiman left for France Friday to attend the inauguration of the seventh Francophone Games.
The president also expressed concern over news about “the flagrant violations, sabotage and attacks on Christian worship places and citizens rooted in the Syrian land and in ancient Maaloula,” the statement said.
The historic Syrian Christian town of Maaloula was recently seized by rebels.
Sleiman called on “all armed groups to respect the laws of war.”