World Conference on Dialogue underway in Madrid

July 17, 2008

The World Conference on Dialogue continued holding working sessions in Madrid today.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz proposed the conference as part of his efforts to promote interfaith dialogue. Participants at the three-day event include major figures from Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism and Confucianism.

King Abdullah opened the conference yesterday with a call for people of all faiths to embrace reconciliation and reject extremism.

After the opening remarks yesterday, participants held the first working session on the foundations of religious and civilizational dialogue under the chairmanship of Dr. Bawa Jain, Secretary-General of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders.

Today, a second working group discussed the importance of dialogue in human society in a session chaired by Chairman of the Shura Council Dr. Saleh bin Homaid. A third session addressed the common human aspects in dialogue. A fourth session on the evaluation and promotion of dialogue is scheduled for this evening.

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