BEIRUT: A meeting between Christian and Muslim figures was held at Tripoli’s Orthodox Archdiocese Thursday, following an invitation by the governor of north Lebanon Ramzi Nohra.
Participants emphasized the importance of unity at such difficult times in the region, especially as Tripoli’s churches have been threatened. “[This meeting] is to highlight the civilized face of Tripoli,” Nohra said. “It will continue to be the city of moderation, love and coexistence,” he added.
Tripoli and Koura’s Greek Orthodox Bishop Ephram Kyriakos said the current turmoil in the region was threatening to destabilize Tripoli and turn sects against each other.
“We are surprised at the prevailing atmosphere today that makes us feel alienated,” Kyriakos explained.
A representative of Tripoli and north Lebanon Mufti Sheikh Malek al-Shaar, Sheikh Mohammad Imam, echoed Kyriakos’ sentiments. “We are here to assure that this country is for everyone equally.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 05, 2014, on page 3.