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BEIRUT, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Rachid Karami International Fair (RKIF) located in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli has been officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and List of World Heritage in Danger, Lebanon's Council of Ministers said Wednesday.

"This is a special achievement for Lebanon and all the Lebanese, and primarily for the city of Tripoli. We are proud of the presence of this architectural masterpiece on its land," the Council of Ministers said in a statement.

It expressed hopes that the RKIF would receive the international attention and continued support of UNESCO, which contributes to its restoration and preservation.

The RKIF was designed in 1962 by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer to house a permanent international fair capable of accommodating up to 2 million visitors a year, including a grand exhibition hall, a national pavilion and an outdoor concert stage.

It is Lebanon's sixth monument to enter the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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