Saudi Ambassador highlights the upcoming World Conference on Dialogue

July 10, 2008

Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel A. Al-Jubeir met with members of the US media at the Embassy in Washington today to discuss the upcoming World Conference on Dialogue.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will convene the interfaith conference in Madrid, Spain from July 16-18, 2008.

The event will bring together major figures from Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism and Confucianism to reinforce the common values shared by their respective faiths. 

“The idea [for the conference] stemmed from King Abdullah’s view that there are universal values that are common to all faiths, and that if we focus on those universal values there is a lot more that binds us as human beings than divides us,” Ambassador Al-Jubeir said.

“If we adhere to those values we will be able to overcome adversity, we will be able to achieve peace, we will be able to protect the structure of the family, we will be able to maintain values in our society and our life and essentially make our world a better place.”

The conference will focus on four major themes: The importance of dialogue in human society; the foundations of religious and civilizational dialogue; the common human aspects in dialogue; and the evaluation and promotion of dialogue.

The Madrid conference follows a dialogue among Islamic scholars that took place in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in June.