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Italy foreign minister sees 'Lebanon model' for peace in Syria

Catholic World News - September 19, 2012

Italy’s foreign minister, Guilio Terzi, said that a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Lebanon “imparted courage to the tolerant elements of the region,” and added that Syria should follow the “Lebanon model” as a way of resolving its current crisis.

In an interview with the daily Avvenire, Terzi commented on the impact of the papal visit to Lebanon: “The enormous crowd that welcomed the Holy Father spoke volumes, and I didn’t hear any voices raised in disagreement.”

The Italian foreign minister said that his government is working to end the violence in Syria, and suggested that Lebanon—with its tradition of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among different religious and ethnic groups—could be the model for a successful peace accord.

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