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April 13, 2006—

Showing their various dialects, national flags, folkloric outfits and traditional cuisine, LAU students brought out the Beirut campus’ multicultural spirit at the annual university event known as “International Heritage Day.”

The daylong outdoor activity on March 22, 2006 caused a buzz on campus as passersby stopped to visit stands set up by the Armenian, Palestinian, Algerian, Saudi, Jordanian, Syrian and Lebanese student clubs.

With local music and national songs playing in the background, the stands displayed booklets, brochures, country photos and folkloric wear. Visitors were invited to sample traditional foods, beverages and sweets.

LAU President Dr. Joseph Jabbra saluted the students for their efforts. “I see in you incredible altruism, idealism and a will to change the world for the better,” Dr. Jabbra said. “I read on your faces a bright future not only for Lebanon but also for the entire region,” he added.

Dr. Jabbra hoped that differences between countries and peoples would become a source of enrichment and reconciliation, conducive to acceptance rather than rejection and optimism rather than despair.

Saudi Ambassador Abdel Aziz Khouja and Jordanian Charge d’Affairs Mohammed Al Kayed along with other diplomatic officials were on hand for the event.

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