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PostSubject: RP to join interfaith conference in Saudi Arabia   Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:40 pm

The Philippines will be represented at a major inter-faith conference on September 30, called by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, a report said.

Arab News said some 128 prominent religious leaders and officials worldwide will take part in the conference.

Philippine officials who will be attending the event were not identified in the report.

Other countries that will be represented in the conference are the United States, United Kingdom, China, Italy, India, Egypt and Japan.

One of the highlights of the discussions during the event will be "Impact of King Abdullah’s Inter-Religious Dialogue Initiative in Disseminating Human Values."

Other topics would be King Abdullah’s Initiative and the Scope of Coexistence Among the Various Civilizations; the Role of Religion and Culture in Promoting Dialogue; the Impact of Religious Values in Reforming Societies; and the Role of Media in Strengthening Dialogue and Human Values.

It will be the fourth international conference organized in connection with promoting interfaith dialogue at King Abdullah’s initiative.

The first was held in Makkah, the second in Madrid and the third was at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The Makkah conference held on June 4, 2008, brought together about 500 Muslim leaders from around the world to set an agenda for the building of better relations between Muslims and followers of other faiths.

Participants of the Geneva summit included William Baker, president of Christians and Muslims for Peace in the US; David Rosen, director of interreligious affairs of the American Jewish Committee; John Esposito, head of Muslim-Christian Understanding; Terje Roed-Larsen, director of the Institute of Peace; and Larry Shaw, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Other prominent participants were Mohammad Hamid Ansari, vice president of India; Koïchiro Matsuura, director general of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Thomas Lemmen, secretary-general of the Christian-Islamic Society in Germany; Pramjeet Singh Sarna, president of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib; Kuniaki Kuni, president of the Association of Shinto Temples in Japan; Xue Cheng, vice-chairman of the Buddhist Association of China. - GMANews.TV
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