Leaders call for moderation at opening of Lebanon mosque

October 18, 2008 19:46


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Calls for unity and religious moderation from Muslim and Christian leaders Saturday marked the opening of Lebanon's biggest mosque in the heart of the capital. The inauguration of the Muhammad al-Amin Mosque also served to boost the Sunni community's place as a major player in the country's politics. "We will do everything possible to close ranks," said Saad Hariri, son of the slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the Sunni leader of the majority parliamentary bloc, addressing the scores of invited guests Saturday. "We want this day to represent the force of moderation in Lebanon and a message of moderation from Lebanon to the world."

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