Muslim-Christian Conference to Include Jews Next Year

May 27, 2004

Source: Middle East Online

On May 27, 2004 the Middle East Online reported, " A conference on Muslim-Christian Dialogue opened Thursday in Qatar with an official call to broaden the forum to include Judaism. Qatari Prime Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani set the stage for two days of inter-faith talks by drawing parallels between those who believe in the oneness of God. 'Perhaps it is wise to widen the dialogue to a Muslim-Christian-Jewish dialogue,' next year, he told the gathering of some 200 delegates from around the world. Officials in the maverick Gulf state, which opened commercial ties with Israel in 1996, have, off-the-record, said Doha intends to invite leading rabbis for the 2005 conference, the third in the series launched here in 2003. The cancellation of a conference called 'One hundred Imams and Rabbis For Peace' set to take place in Ifrane, Morocco, next Monday appears to have spurred the Qataris. Morocco called off the talks after major Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip."