International Understanding Council welcomes King Abdullah’s initiatives

May 13, 2009

The Council for International Understanding concluded today its 27th session, held at the King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh, with a final statement stressing the importance of intercultural and interfaith dialogue. “The world today lives in an environment of economic and technical globalization and, therefore, the concept for which we should work in this century is the cooperation in all aspects of thought and action,” the statement declared.

The Council warned that the Middle East will remain a hub for conflict in the world unless a real peace is achieved between Israel and its neighbors. “Here, the importance of the comprehensive initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah launched in 2002 is shown with the call for it again January 2009 to achieve peace in Palestine, but it seems that Israel is not interested today in peace,” the statement added.

The Council highlighted the Kingdom’s status as one of the few moderate countries in the region and welcomed the reform proposals put forth by King Abdullah. In particular, it praised his Interfaith Dialogue initiative that resulted in international conferences held in Spain and at U.N. headquarters in New York last year.

Following the Council’s session, King Abdullah received participants at a reception held in Al-Janadriya.