Tripoli and north Lebanon Mufti Malek al-Shaar chaired the Islamic-Christian meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Islamic and Christian religious authorities in north Lebanon gathered Tuesday at Dar al-Fatwa in Tripoli to call for the implementation of development projects in the beleaguered city, amid accusations from the city's Alawite sect that they were being purposefully excluded.Speaking on behalf of those gathered, Maronite Bishop of Tripoli Georges Abou Jaoudeh pointed to six main points that all agreed on, including the need to implement special development projects, tackle unemployment and improve living conditions. Those attending stressed the diverse religious identity of Tripoli and thanked political and security figures for putting an end to the recent bouts of violence, calling for the recent security crackdown to be complemented by a socio-economic rejuvenation plan.
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