From left, Sheikh Assad Assi, Sheikh Abdel Amir Qabalan, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian and Sheikh Naim Hasan attend an Islamic summit in Beirut, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The spiritual leaders of the main Islamic sects in Lebanon warned after an "urgent summit" Tuesday against fueling sectarian tensions in the country, underlining that inter-Muslim violence is forbidden.The summit was headed by Grand Mufti Abdel-Latif Derian, Deputy Chief of the Higher Islamic Shiite Council Abdel-Amir Qabalan, Druze spiritual leader Naim Hassan and the religious head of Lebanon's Alawite community Assad Assi. The summit was held at Dar al-Fatwa's headquarters in Beirut and was attended by a number of religious figures from all four sects. Warning Lebanese citizens against being dragged into sectarian strife, the attendees also emphasized the religious fraternity of Muslims and the national unity between Christians and Muslims, while renewing their confidence in Lebanon's ability to address internal problems in a manner that rises above sectarian impulses.
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