Agreement to establish King Abdullah Center for Dialogue in Vienna signed

October 14, 2011

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal signed an agreement with Austrian Deputy Consultant and Minster of European and International Affairs Dr. Michael Shbendlger and Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Trinidad Khemenes Garcia-Gererya in Vienna yesterday to establish the International King Abdullah Center for Dialogue. According to the agreement, IKACD will support dialogue among followers of religions and cultures, enhance understanding, respect and cooperation among all peoples, promote justice, peace and reconciliation, and confront the use of religion as a cover to hide violence and aggression. A five-member commission representing the five major world religions will be assigned to run the center, which will be patronized by the Ministry of European and International Affairs of Austria.

At a joint press conference with Dr. Shbendlger and Minister Garcia-Gererya, Prince Saud thanked Austria for hosting the center. He noted that IKACD will provide a forum for representatives of religions and civilizations to engage in dialogue and promote understanding and cooperation. For his part, Dr. Shbendlger lauded the role of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in promoting worldwide dialogue. The city of Vienna, he declared, is honored to host the new institution.