File - Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives to speak at a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of his father in Beirut, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Monday that Lebanon was threatened with a renewal of civil war unless rival Lebanese factions acted to elect a president and fight religious extremism.Hariri warned that if the current status quo persists, "it will become increasingly difficult to prevent the flames of the region from igniting civil strife in Lebanon".However, he said a new civil war in Lebanon can be averted only if the conflicting Lebanese parties implemented a clear set of action steps, on top of them the election of a president, coupled with the international community's commitment to end the war in Syria. In order to fight Muslim extremism, Hariri called for a clear international policy to support the voices of moderation in the region, blaming Assad for the proliferation of radical Muslim movements in the region.Hariri said there are more than 40,000 ISIS and Nusra Front fighters in Syria, including thousands from around the world, versus over 20 million moderate Sunni Syrians.
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