Interfaith Dialogue at the UN

Following the meeting of Muslim and Roman Catholic leaders at the Vatican recently, a dozen or so heads of state are preparing to join with President George Bush today and tomorrow to support interfaith dialogue concretely and visibly. Among the participants are the prime minister of Britain, leaders of several Muslim nations, and the presidents of Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine.

Encouragement for this gathering comes from King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who has previously sponsored dialogues among Muslim scholars in Mecca and a multifaith conference in Madrid this past Summer. “The idea is to send a unified clear message that the world community is in consensus in promoting interfaith dialogue and speaking against extremism, intolerance, and terrorism,” said an envoy for the king.

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