Embassy hosts Religions for Peace reception

October 8, 2010

The Saudi Embassy in Washington hosted a reception last night for the Religions for Peace to Advance Multi-Religious Cooperation organization.

In an address to the gathering, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir praised the group’s mission, pointing out that it shares the same objectives as the Saudi government. “As the world’s largest multi-religious organization, Religions for Peace has brought together broad groups of people for a common cause,” he said. “Your mission is in accord with that of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz – to promote religious tolerance and understanding by focusing on the universal values enshrined in all faiths.”

Ambassador Al-Jubeir pointed out that coexistence and understanding are central pillars of Islam. However, he noted, “There is much misunderstanding about Islam in the world today. This is a result of deviants who seek to pervert our faith. Unfortunately, terrorists and extremists have committed or justified criminal acts in the name of all religions.”

Warning that the strategy of terrorists is to exploit religious difference, the Ambassador stated, “We believe that it is through the emphasis of the universal values enshrined in all faiths – the values of compassion, tolerance, love, mercy, and charity – that we can confront intolerance, bigotry and hatred and contribute to bringing humanity together.”