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With extremist rhetoric on the rise around the world, speakers at a summit in the United Arab Emirates Thursday underscored the importance of countering the trend with tolerance and pluralism to achieve prosperity. On the opening day of the first World Tolerance Summit in Dubai, participants stressed the value of tolerance, not only in the Middle East, beset by multiple incidents of terrorism, but worldwide. A number of countries, including Lebanon, were represented at the two-day conference by political, diplomatic and religious figures expressing views on how tolerance should be embodied in society.The UAE initiatives hit on a main theme at the summit, that economic growth and prosperity can be attained when a diverse range of society's constituents are respected.
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