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Saudi envoy at UNESCO on accusations against Islam

Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Dr. Fida'a Al-A'adel today issued a statement in Paris rejecting the false accusations directed against Islamic education that link it with terrorism, hatred and violence. The statement clarified that Islam calls for dialogue, compassion and good relations among people. Pointing out that for decades Saudis have chosen the United States to educate their sons, he posed the question, where was the alleged impact of religious education fomenting hatred for the U.S. during their studies there. He called on those misled by these false charges to fear God, and refrain from abusing others; and to maintain their pride in Islam and their country.