Kurdistan's Religious Leaders Discuss Inter-Faith Peace And Tolerance

February 20, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Kurdistan Regional Government


Religious leaders of many faiths gathered earlier this week at the Martyr Saad Convention Centre in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, to discuss the importance of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani addressed the clerics. “You are a strong channel for spreading the culture of brotherhood, forgiveness, harmony and acceptance.”

He added, “We can firmly preserve our historical and cultural heritage while we embrace concepts of modern society and freedoms. At the same time, we can respect our religious commitment and respect the religious commitments of those who worship differently."

The three-day conference was designed to promote cultural, religious and ethnic tolerance in practice and in sermons offered throughout the Kurdistan Region. Several religious leaders expressed their appreciation for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s support for their work and for ensuring that all religious viewpoints are respected.