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CAIR-OH Meets with British, State Officials

CAIR-OHIO MEETS WITH BRITISH, STATE OFFICIALS

(COLUMBUS, OH, 3/5/07) – Representatives of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) recently held a roundtable discussion with officials from the British Consulate in Chicago, Governor Ted Strickland’s advisor on International Affairs and Special Projects, and Senator George Voinovich’s State Director.

The British delegation was led by Mark Carrol, Director of Faith, Race and Cohesion at the British Government’s Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Carrol is a key figure in developing the British Government’s policy in the area of community relations. He was accompanied by a colleague from the DCLG, Jenan Hasan, and by a member of the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., Tony Lord, who serves as First Secretary, Justice and Home Affairs in the Foreign & Security Policy Group. Additionally, Samantha Nugent, Vice Consul-Political, Press & Public Affairs was present.

This is the second time in two years that CAIR-Ohio has hosted a delegation from the British Consulate-General. The meeting was part of a continuing dialogue between Ohio’s Muslim community and British Policy Advisors. This year the meeting was opened up to representatives of Ohio State offices.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to discuss the challenges that face the American Muslim and British Muslim communities,” said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Adnan Mirza. “It allows us to learn from each others’ experiences and can demonstrate how CAIR gives the worldwide Muslim community a voice in global affairs.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. The CAIR-Ohio Chapter has three offices – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: Adnan Mirza, 614-451-3232, E-Mail: amirza@cair.com.

 

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