Lebanon can be global centre for dialogue: Aoun

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Saturday (April 15th) stressed that amid regional turmoil, Lebanon can serve as a global centre for dialogue among religions, Lebanese media reported.

Lebanon is well-positioned to serve as a global centre for dialogue among religions and civilisations "because it includes religions and doctrines of the world and its sons live together in it", Aoun said in an Easter interview with SAT-7 TV network.

"We want Lebanon to be an official international centre for dialogue, not just a state initiative," he said, stressing that political differences among Lebanese do not stem from religious differences.

"We have to make the world understand that we still enjoy the highest levels of civilisation in terms of freedom of belief and the right to be different," he said.

As the sole Christian president in the region, Aoun said he has a mission to promote understanding and co-existence amid regional turmoil.

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