Hariri, accompanied by his wife, Lara, and children Hossam, Lula and Abdel-Aziz, arrived in Rome Thursday night. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed Friday to maintain stability in Lebanon and consensus among rival factions to shield the country from the reverberations of regional turmoil.The Syrian refugee crisis and its security and economic impact on Lebanon's stability figured high in Hariri's talks with the pope.Following a 30-minute meeting with Hariri, the pope received Hariri's family and members of the accompanying delegation.Hariri then headed to the office of the Vatican Secretary of State, Monsignor Pietro Parolin, for an hourlong meeting, during which they discussed the situation in Lebanon and the impact of the displaced Syrians. Describing his meeting with the pope as "very good," Hariri said the pontiff underlined the importance of inter-faith dialogue. "This is what some countries in the Arab world are missing, but we are fortunate in Lebanon because we live this model of coexistence".He said he invited the pope to visit Lebanon.
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