Mon 28-01-2019 19:34 PM
LONDON, 28th January, 2019 (WAM) – A number of Arab writers and journalists residing in the United Kingdom have said that next week’s visit of Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, to the UAE is an important milestone in promoting tolerance as a global value.
They also noted that the UAE is the first country to establish a Ministry for Tolerance and to declare a Year of Tolerance.
In interviews with the Emirates News Agency, WAM, the writers and journalists pointed to the environment of community coexistence and non-discrimination in the UAE, which is home to over 200 nationalities.
Sadiq Al Rakabi, Director of the UK-based International Development Studies Centre in the UK, said that the visit of the Pope and his participation in the “Global Religions Dialogue Forum on Human Brotherhood” will highlight the UAE’s leading role in promoting peace in the region and around the world. He added that the event’s outcomes and initiatives will strengthen these values among religions and achieve security and prosperity.
Ahmed Al Masry, owner of the Eurabia Website, said that the visit will confirm that the UAE is a unique model of tolerance and dialogue among religions and cultures based on mutual respect.
Political and military analyst Ziad Al Shaikhali, Editor-in-Chief of the Al Hadath Weekly Newspaper, said that the Pope’s meeting with Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar, will showcase the deep historical connection between Muslims and Christians.
Mohammed Al Otaify, Editor-in-Chief of the Al Sharq Tribune, said that the visit of Pope Francis is very special, as he is an icon of love, peace and cooperation between communities. The visit is a confirmation of the UAE’s approach to tolerance and peace, he said.
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