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Lebanon president stresses importance of preserving Christian presence in Middle East

BEIRUT, LEBANON - OCTOBER 21: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - "LEBANESE PRESIDENCY / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Lebanese President, Michel Aoun addresses citizens via a TV channel ahead of consultation talks on the task of establishing new government in Beirut, Lebanon on October 21, 2020. ( Lebanese Presidency - Anadolu Agency )
Lebanese President, Michel Aoun in Beirut, Lebanon on 21 October 2020 [Lebanese Presidency/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanese President Michel Aoun yesterday stressed on the importance of preserving the Christian presence in the Arab region to ensure "diversity, openness and tolerance".

Aoun made the remarks during a meeting with the new Chairman of the Coptic Orthodox Community in Lebanon, Father Timon the Syriac.

The Lebanese president added that the whole world must protect the Christian presence in its effort to contribute to confronting extremism and isolation.

For his part, Father Timon said the Coptic Orthodox Community in Lebanon plays a vital role in life in Lebanon.

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