Delegates from 65 Islamic Countries Meet to Discuss Relations With the West

April 28, 2004

Source: BBC News

On April 28, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Delegates from 65 Islamic countries are meeting in Cairo for the start of a conference on tolerance in Islam. The Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, called on the participants to initiate a dialogue between the Islamic world and followers of other religions. They should work together to refute the false allegations against Islam in the West, he said. Many Islamic scholars have felt that their religion has come under attack since the 11 September 2001 attacks. Mr. Mubarak said they should maintain an open dialogue with followers of other religions, in order to demonstrate that Islam promotes peace and brotherhood between people. The Cairo conference groups together ministers of religious affairs and other officials from Islamic countries. It is an annual event, but this year it is focusing on the theme of tolerance in Islamic civilisation."