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Moscow concerned by worsening sectarian tensions in the north of Lebanon

Statement by Russian MFA Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich on the Situation in Lebanon:

In the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli clashes arose between groups of followers of the Sunni and Alawite sects of Islam living there that developed into fighting. Seven people died, including one military service member, and dozens more were injured. The Lebanese authorities have taken drastic measures to end the unrest. Army units and armored vehicles have been brought into the town. The situation is returning to normal.

Moscow has received with concern news of worsening sectarian tensions in the north of Lebanon at a time when after the long approval process, the just formed government headed by Najib Mikati has started work. We hope that the relevant Lebanese sides will take necessary steps to prevent the recurrence of such events in the future and to restore the atmosphere of trust and cooperation among all Lebanese, regardless of their religious affiliation. Only such an approach will help ensure the preservation of peace, calm and national unity in Lebanon. That's what Russia has always advocated and will continue to advocate.

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