THE fifth Doha Conference of Inter-faith Dialogue opened yesterday in Doha with the participation of personalities representing the three religions reiterating the importance of co-existence. Some 160 participants from 40 countries will discuss spiritual values and international peace over three days. Organisers said the establishment of a Qatar-based international centre for the inter-faith dialogue would be officially announced at the end of the conference.
The speaker of Qatar’s Advisory Council, HE Mohamed bin Mubarak al-Kholeifi, told the gathering at the inaugural session that it was important to respect the religious symbols and the right of the person to choose his religion. He said it was not fair to link religion with terrorism.
Al-Kholeifi said the scholars of the three religions must “exert more efforts” to establish closer ties and understanding between each other.
Dr Aisha Yousef al-Manai – the dean of College of Shariah and Islamic Studies at Qatar University, told the gathering that peace couldn’t be achieved with presence of human rights violation, and without peace there would be no democracies, education and health.
Bishop George Saliba, archbishop of Orthodox, surrealism of Mount of Lebanon, said the spiritual values were enough to spread international peace, which the humanity very much needs nowadays.