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Meeting at Italian Parliament on situation of Christians in the Middle East

A meeting was held at the Italian Parliament with deputies representing various political parties, led by activist MP Andrea Del Maestro, several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and military correspondents working in the Middle East.

Participants developed a common vision of the situation of Christians in the Middle East and in some African countries. The distinguished guest at the meeting was the president of the NGO Nawraj, Fouad Abu Nader.

Del Maestro, who opened the special session on the situation of Christians in the Middle East and Africa, said: "We are here today to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East due to attacks and displacement against them by terrorism. Despite the sufferings of Christians in the region, they still seek to preserve their presence on the land of Christianity."

"Since the Christian presence is an absolute necessity to promote the spirit of openness and peaceful coexistence among all the components of this East, a joint Italian parliamentary commission will be formed to mobilize financial resources to help the organizations working for the return of Christians to their homes, in cooperation with the NGO Nawraj and Italian organizations operating in the affected areas," he said.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Abu Nader told the NNA "As president of the NGO Nawraj, I spoke about the situation in Lebanon which is affected by the crisis of the Middle East conflict, especially after the Arab Spring and the war in Syria."

"Christians have a role to play in sparing Lebanon the negative effects of the crises that surround it and preserving the model of coexistence, diversity and pluralism in order to avoid religious conflict or otherwise," said Abou Nader.

"I think that Europe needs the Lebanese model," he said, indicating that Lebanon suffers from a major problem caused by displacement of Palestinians and Syrians, which puts pressure on the economic and social situation and job opportunities for the Lebanese.

"We have come to ask Europe to accelerate work to repatriate the displaced and to distance Lebanon from regional crises in order to preserve coexistence," he concluded.

Source: National News Agency