A higher committee has been set up in Abu Dhabi to implement the Human Fraternity Document signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Dr Ahmed el-Tayyeb, in the UAE capital in February.
The committee includes Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Prof Mohamed Hussein Mahrasawi, president of Al-Azhar University, Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, personal secretary of Pope Francis, Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, advisor to the Grand Imam; Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, Dr Sultan Faisal Al Rumaithi, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Elders, and Yasser Hareb Al Muhairi, Emirati writer and media personality.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that the formation of the committee would help to implement the shared vision of developing initiatives and ideas to foster tolerance, cooperation and coexistence, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.
It added that the committee is tasked with developing a framework to ensure the objectives of the global Declaration of Human Fraternity are realised.
The higher committee will also urge legislative authorities to adhere to the provisions of the document to instill the values of mutual respect and coexistence.
The document was signed during the Pope's historic visit to the UAE in February.
WAM said the signing of the Human Fraternity Document demonstrated the UAE's commitment to promoting interfaith dialogue and shared values that include tolerance and peaceful co-existence among people of all religions and faiths.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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