BEIRUT: Italian Defense Commission head Nicola Latorre said Thursday that terrorism was the enemy of all religions.
Accompanied by Italian Ambassador to Lebanon Giuseppe Morabito, Latorre held talks with Lebanon’s new Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian. Latorre described his meeting with Derian as “very important.”
“At first we [jointly] denounced terrorism and extremism, which are the enemies of Islam and Christianity,” he said, emphasizing that everyone was committed to the fight against terrorism. Latorre arrived in Lebanon Tuesday and has met with various Lebanese officials to reaffirm Italy’s support to Lebanon.
“Italy has been very close to Lebanon and committed to helping and protecting it to ensure its security,” he said after the meeting. “[Italy] wants to protect Lebanon against any external interference.”
Latorre also hoped that Lebanon would become a model for other regional countries to follow due to its “heritage of coexistence between all of its sects [especially] between Muslims and Christians.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 05, 2014, on page 3.