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VEDANTA MASS MEDIASaudi King opens inter-faith conference
 


            

 

  
               Saudi King opens inter-faith conference

 


      
Madrid, July 16: Saudi King Abdullah appealed for "constructive dialogue" to end disputes between the world's major religions as he opened an inter-faith conference in Madrid on Wednesday.

 

      "We all believe in one god... We are meeting here today to say that religions should be a means to iron out differences and not to lead to disputes," he said in an inaugural speech at the three-day World conference on Dialogue.

 

      He called for a "constructive dialogue to open a new page to reconciliation after so many disputes."

 

      The conference is organised by the Muslim World League from an initiative by King Abdullah, whose country hosts Islam's two holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina.

 

      Around 200 participants are attending, including representatives of the world's major religions.

 

      Among them are the secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, Michael Schneider, and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who is responsible for dialogue between the Vatican and Muslims.

 

      "Most of the dialogue (between religions) has ended in failure...," King Abdullah said in the speech, delivered in Arabic. "To succeed we must emphasise the common link between us which is belief in God."

 

      He said religion could combat many of the problems of modern society.

 

      "Terrorism..., the breakdown of families, drugs, exploitation of the weak - all these are the consequences of a spiritual void."

 

      The event takes place against a backdrop of tensions between the Islamic world and the West.

 

      Saudi Arabia remains the only Arab Muslim country to ban all non-Islamic religious practices on its soil.

 

 

 

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