Ambassador meets with head of Saudi delegation participating in U.S. Interfaith Dialogue Seminar

October 9, 2009

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel A. Al-Jubeir met today with the head of the Saudi interfaith delegation, Dr. Abdulkareem Al-Sayegh, who participated in a seminar at the Dialogue Institute at Temple University in Philadelphia. Ambassador Al-Jubeir and Dr. Al-Sayegh discussed the benefits of the seminar—entitled “Dialogue in America: Principles and Practices”—and the importance of dialogue among different religions and cultures.

“This seminar highlighted the importance of looking to what unites us:  our profound faith in God and our adherence to the universal values enshrined in all faiths which call for compassion, mercy, peace, honesty and coexistence,” said Ambassador Al-Jubeir.

The Center for Islamic Contemporary Studies and Dialogue of Civilizations at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh initiated the seminar. Professors and religious scholars from Christianity, Judaism and Islam participated.

The seminar follows the Interfaith Dialogue Initiative by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. King Abdullah first discussed the idea for the Interfaith Dialogue Initiative during his meeting Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The Pope agreed that there needed to be greater dialogue between religions and cultures. The first interfaith conference was held in Makkah the following year in June 2008, the second in Madrid in July 2008, the third at the United Nations in New York in November 2008, and the fourth in Geneva on September 30, 2009.