Prince Saud delivers speech before Third Alliance of Civilizations Forum

May 28, 2010

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Kingdom's delegation to the Third Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro today. The event was opened by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the presence of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and a number of world leaders. The theme of the Forum is “Bridging Cultures, Building Peace.”

During his remarks, Prince Saud declared that the challenges facing the world today “require cooperative, concerted and integrated endeavors from all of us, especially to jointly confront the violence and terrorism of extremist groups that advocate hatred, reject dialogue and seek to cause havoc and kindle the flames of strife and conflict.”

He noted, “In keeping with the true principles of Islam, which is a religion of moderation and tolerance, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has pursued a policy of disseminating a culture of dialogue among civilizations and cultures, with the objective of promoting coexistence and mutual understanding and propagating human values. This is the manner in which confrontation can be replaced with concord, and how tensions can be eased, conflicts defused, and peace and security achieved.”

Prince Saud emphasized the progress that the Kingdom has made in promoting education and dialogue at home. In addition, he pointed to the conferences sponsored by Saudi Arabia over the past few years, including the Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Makkah in December 2005, the World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid in July 2008 and the High Level Meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in November 2008.

Full text of address 

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