Dutch Prime Minister Tells Indonesian Muslims He Will Promote Interfaith Dialogue

April 7, 2006

Source: Xinhua


On April 7, 2006 Xinhua reported, "Visiting Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands here Friday told top leaders of two major Indonesian Muslim organizations that his country would promote interfaith dialogues and cooperation in combating terrorism. 'We talk in the matters of culture and religion and, therefore, it is important to talk about interfaith dialogue, through which we can learn from your experience,' he told a joint press briefing after meeting the leaders of Muhammaddiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). On countering terrorism, Balkenende said that his government supported Indonesia's effort in eradicating such threat and asked Indonesia to work together with the Netherlands in sharing information and responsibility. On the same occasion, Din Syamsudin, Chairman of Muhammadiyah, which is Indonseia's second largest Muslim organization, said, 'We agree to combat terrorism of all kinds by cutting the root cause of terrorism.'"