Bonte sits on the right side of Lebanon’s PVE Unit National Coordinator Rubina Abu Zainab at the Strong Cities event. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Mayors and officials from Lebanon and further afield emphasized Thursday the importance of working at the local level to address the root causes of violent extremism.Lebanon's Cabinet approved the country's own national strategy to combat violent extremism last March, an initiative pushed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri under a United Nations global action plan.Belgium, Bonte said, developed its own national strategy on the back of the success of local programs such as that in Vilvoorde. Lebanon, on the other hand, has not yet comprehensively rolled out its strategy to reach local communities.
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