President Michel Sleiman, MP Walid Jumblatt, Vatican's ambassador to Lebanon, Bishop Gabriel Caccia and Patriarch Beshara Rai attend a ceremony in the Chouf village of Brih, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Hundreds gathered in the Chouf village of Brih over the weekend to solidify a historic reconciliation between Christians and Druze under the patronage of President Michel Sleiman.Head of the Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt received officials and was seated next to Sleiman and Rai.Brih was originally inhabited by both Christians and Druze.Rai, Sleiman and Jumblatt also laid the foundation of two churches, to further encourage Christians to return to their original homes.The property had belonged to Christians.Minister for the Displaced Alice Shabtini last week issued a decision for Druze residents to evacuate homes belonging to the Christians who were forced to leave Brih.Jumblatt, who thanked Sleiman for his continued efforts in reconciliation, also said that his centrist position has proven valid amid "sharp division in the country".Rai addressed the Christians in Brih, reminding them of the need to forgive and reconcile.
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