From left, Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian and former Prime Minister Najib Mikati pose for a picture at Dar al-Fatwa in Beirut, Friday, May 22, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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At Friday's opening session of the newly elected Higher Islamic Council, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian told members they must work together to unite Muslims, rebuild Dar al-Fatwa and reform religious teaching amid rising inter-Muslim divisions in the region.Addressing members of the council gathered at Dar al-Fatwa, including Prime Minister Tammam Salam and former prime ministers Fouad Siniora and Najib Mikati, Derian detailed a number of goals he said the council must strive to achieve during the course of its four-year term.Founded in 1930 and chaired by the grand mufti, the council supervises the financial and administrative affairs of the institutions of Dar al-Fatwa, the top Sunni religious authority in Lebanon.Speaking during the gathering, Siniora urged the 32-member council to carry on with projects prepared by the previous body.
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