Riyadh forum aims to promote culture of peace and coexistence

Saudi Arabia seeks to foster a culture of dialogue among people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds to bridge animosities, reduce fear and instill mutual respect. (Shutterstock)
Updated 07 January 2019
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Riyadh forum aims to promote culture of peace and coexistence

  • Saudi Arabia aims to promote the use of dialogue to prevent and resolve global conflicts to enhance understanding and cooperation

JEDDAH: People from countries as diverse as Brazil, Japan and the US are among those taking part in a forum promoting coexistence, peace and tolerance.
The “Saudi Salam (peace) Forum” in Riyadh is aimed at forging stronger ties between the Kingdom and the global community.
One of the participants in the two-day event is Brazilian footballer Elton Jose Xavier Gomes, who plays for Saudi club Al-Qadsiah. He has lived in the Kingdom for 10 years and set up a football academy in Brazil called “Al-Saudiya.”
He has previously posted videos of his children singing the Saudi national anthem on Instagram, as well as saying that his son and daughter sing it regularly.
The 32-year-old midfielder will be joined by others who will engage in an honest and public conversation about their time in the Kingdom and living alongside Saudi nationals.
Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaamar, secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), said the forum focused on the important values of coexistence, harmony, compassion and respect for the diversity of Saudi culture.
These were the basis of ties between Saudis and people from different races and religions, including those who contributed to the country’s development and progress, he added.

Moderate society
The forum was part of a wider effort to represent a moderate society in Saudi Arabia, he said, and there will be short films highlighting personal success stories or community-based initiatives for coexistence, as well as town hall-style meetings where nationals and foreigners can share their experiences.
Fahad Al-Sultan, the project’s executive director, was reported by the Saudi Press Agency as saying that the forum would highlight the progress, achievements and efforts the Kingdom has made for the benefit of mankind and world peace.
Saudi Arabia aims to promote the use of dialogue to prevent and resolve global conflicts to enhance understanding and cooperation.
The Kingdom seeks to foster dialogue among people of different faiths and cultures that bridges animosities, reduces fear and instills mutual respect.
Intercultural and interreligious dialogue helps build communities’ resistance against prejudice, strengthens social cohesion, supports conflict prevention and transformation and can serve to preserve peace.
The Kingdom has always supported the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The country is keen to combat all forms of discrimination based on culture, religion or belief by organizing events to overcome stereotypes in a long-term process that leads to a culture of dialogue that enables greater understanding of people of other cultures and followers of other religions.


Muslim World League chief elected as president of LIU in Cairo

Updated 7 min 31 sec ago
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Muslim World League chief elected as president of LIU in Cairo

  • The organization’s operations focus on supporting scientific research in the field of Islamic studies, achieving convergence and integration among Islamic universities by monitoring their curricula
CAIRO: The League of Islamic Universities (LIU) elected Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), as president at its 11th General Conference.
He received congratulations and warm wishes from prominent Islamic and political figures from throughout the Islamic world.
The conference discussed the amendment of some articles of LIU’s statutes and its working regulations, and approved the minutes of the last session held at Alexandria University last year.
LIU was established in 1969 and includes the largest universities from around the world.
The organization’s operations focus on supporting scientific research in the field of Islamic studies, achieving convergence and integration among Islamic universities by monitoring their curricula.
LIU is working to overcome the challenges facing the Muslim world particularly extremist ideology. In addition to its focus on the Muslim world, it has signed exchange and cooperation agreements with Western and Far Eastern universities in regard to cultural studies, intercultural dialogue and oriental studies.