Aoun attended the Mass but did not attend the luncheon or the ceremony.
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For the first time in three years, the anniversary of the Mountain Reconciliation was marked Sunday in the presence of President Michel Aoun, where the promise of coexistence in the former battleground between Christians and Druze was reaffirmed. Aoun and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai were welcomed by religious and political officials in the Chouf town of Deir al-Qamar to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the reconciliation. Despite not seeing Aoun, Jumblatt welcomed both Aoun and Rai to the area.At the Mass, Rai welcomed Aoun to the "historic Lebanese capital".Last year, an event was held at Jumblatt's residence in Mukhtara after the annual Mass, attended by Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan, former President and ex-Kataeb chief Amine Gemayel, former President Michel Sleiman and former MP Farid Haykal al-Khazen.Beiteddine is the official summer residence of the Lebanese president; however, it had been vacant during the 2-1/2-year presidential vacuum prior to Aoun's election.Rai visited Brih last year, after visiting in 2012 to meet with Jumblatt.
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