King Abdullah speaks to Madrid conference participants

November 13, 2008

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz met with Muslim, Christian and Jewish groups in New York on Wednesday.


All were participants in the interfaith conference held at the initiative in King Abdullah last July in Madrid.

Speaking to the gathering, the King expressed hope that "this dialogue will constitute a beginning for the good of the humanity."

"Whatever has taken place in terms of killing, enmity and excesses on others’ rights is quite enough," he insisted. "God Almighty in all religions has urged for mercy and I think that any person who commits a sin against another person will repent and become remorseful to the greatest extent."

The King condemned all types of aggression, insisting, "Religions have nothing to do with such kinds of acts, but it is Satan and politics that have penetrated and confounded religions."

Representatives of Islam, Christianity and Judaism delivered remarks as well. Each speaker praised the Saudi interfaith initiative and stressed their religion’s commitment to peace.

The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Advisor to the King Prince Abdul-Ilah bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Labor Dr. Ghazi bin Abdulrahman Al-Qusaibi, Minister Finance Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister Culture and Information Dr. Iyad bin Ameen Madani, Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel A. Al-Jubeir, and Saudi Permanent Representative to the UN Khalid Al-Nafeesi.

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