Interfaith Conference Urges Global Anti-Terrorism Pact

MADRID (AFP) — A Saudi-organised conference of the world's great religions Friday called for an international agreement to combat terrorism, "a universal phenomenon that requires unified international efforts."

"The conference has thoroughly reviewed the process of dialogue and its obstacles as well as the catastrophes that afflict humanity.., and noted that terrorism is one of the most serious obstacles confronting dialogue and coexistence," the World Conference on Dialogue said in a final statement.

"Terrorism is a universal phenomenon that requires unified international efforts to combat it in a serious, responsible and just way.

"This demands an international agreement on defining terrorism, addressing its root causes and achieving justice and stability in the world."

The statement was read by Abdul Rahman Al-Zaid, the deputy secretary general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League, which organised the conference from an initiative by Saudi King Abdullah.

Representatives of Islam, Christianity and Judaism as well as other religions attended the three-day conference in Madrid aimed at bringing the great monotheistic faiths closer together. (MORE)


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