Geneva Meeting Seeks Greater Understanding Among Religions

October 1, 2009

Author: P.K. Abdul Ghafour

Source: Arab News

The latest international conference on interfaith dialogue — the fourth in a series initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah — began here on Wednesday with a call for greater understanding among the followers of different religions and culture in order to promote human welfare and world peace.

Speakers and delegates attending the conference at Geneva’s InterContinental hotel expressed the hope that these international forums would develop a culture of dialogue among the followers of different faiths. They also believe that dialogue should first focus on common values instead of differences if it is to succeed.Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL), the main organizer of the conference, highlighted the global recognition of King Abdullah’s interfaith initiative. The UN General Assembly held a special session on interfaith in November and endorsed the recommendations of the Madrid conference, the second in the series, held in June 2008.