Ali Salim speaks during the conference in Beirut, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the French Embassy organized the CEDRE conference, instead of France. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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