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Aoun highlights need for promoting culture of peace

President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, on Monday underlined the paramount importance of promoting the culture of peace as an ultimate means to achieve rapprochement amongst nations and peoples.

"Love amongst people cannot be mainstreamed without the promotion of the culture of peace," President Aoun was speaking during his meeting this morning at the Baabda palace with the International Peace Ambassador, Founder of Art of Living, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, at the head of a delegation.

The delegation extended to Aoun an invitation to visit India for a large cultural event to be held in 2021, similar to the one held in the year 2016 in the presence of around 3.75 million people from 150 countries, including Lebanon.

Discussions reportedly covered means of empowering Lebanese youth, promoting dialogue, resolving conflicts, spreading peace and tackling the refugee problem in the world.

During the meeting, Ravi Shankar hailed President Aoun's efforts to promote dialogue among civilizations and inter-faiths, commending his endeavors in bringing people together from different religions and races in a bid to reach a better world.

Shankar also said that the Association's undertakings aim to establish centers and programs to spread happiness and internal peace, especially among the young people.

The Peace Ambassador also noted that the delegation works in particular on a program for refugees in cooperation with the European Union, especially in the region of Tripoli, as well as in the refugee camps in Jordan to spread peace amongst refugees.

On the other hand, Aoun met, in the presence of the Chairman of Youth and Sports House Commission MP Simon Abi Remia, a delegation from the Association of Youth Energies for Development, as part of the Association's launching of a project aimed to reinforce the Lebanese youths' steadfastness in their nation.

The Head of State deemed the Lebanese youths as the "hope of the future," disclosing that numerous projects of high benefits to Lebanon shall be implemented as soon as the new government is formed. These projects aim to set development in motion and create job opportunities for the youths.

Moreover, Aoun met with the President of the Maronite General Council, former Minister Wadih Al-Khazen, with whom he discussed political developments in the country, including government formation efforts.

Source: National News Agency