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UAE is a "model" for religious tolerance, says vicar

Canon Andy Thompson met with British Parliament MPs to address misperceptions about the Islamic religion

UAE is a "model" for religious tolerance, says vicar
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The Vicar of St Andrew's Church in Abu Dhabi, Canon Andy Thompson, has told the British Parliament of the UAE's tradition of religious tolerance, describing it as a "model" for the region.

Canon Thompson was on a five-day visit to the United Kingdom at the invitation of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in London.

During the visit, he spoke at the British Parliament and at Farm Street Church in London, where he held meetings with over twenty members of the British Parliament.

He addressed misperceptions about the Islamic religion, explaining the difference between moderate and extremist versions of Islam.

Canon Thompson also meet Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, headquarters of the head of the Anglican Church, where he had a meeting with diplomats from the UAE Embassy.

During a dinner held in his honour by the UAE Ambassador, Abdulrahman Ghanem Almutaiwee, CVO, stated that it was a pleasure to host Canon Thompson, saying "it is a source of great pride that in my country we are tolerant of those of a different faith and provide them with the freedom to practice their religion."

Canon Thompson has lived for over 25 years in the Gulf region, most of which he has spent in the UAE.

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Bharathan 4 years ago

This is very true. Everybody is experiencing it and are thankful to the rulers of the UAE and the local community. I sincerely hope countries who harbor religious intolerance will learn from this role model.

turk971 4 years ago

I can never express the feeling of gratitude and appreciation to the rulers and the citizens of the country for the great freedom accorded to us from different religion by our host country to practice our religion. God Bless the UAE!!!