BRUSSELS / WAM
During a forum held in Brussels, attended by Omar Ghobash, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Cultural Affairs, European parliamentarians and representatives of various religions called for the continued implementation and monitoring of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.
The document was signed on February 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and Dr Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar.
In a speech during the 22nd Annual Intercultural Dialogue, Ghobash stressed that the UAE was founded on the concepts of tolerance, intellectual exchange, and cultural and economic openness.
Mohamed Issa Hamad Abushahab, UAE Ambassador to Belgium, said that the document is a key ethical reference that will help reduce differences and encourage
dialogue in a troubled world.
Mairead McGuinness, First Vice-President of the European Parliament, praised the UAE’s efforts to uphold tolerance, noting that the document was signed in a region affected by instability.
The event, held by the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP Group), witnessed many discussions that reflected deepening relations between the UAE and Europe, as well as their coordination in encouraging tolerance and dialogue while implementing the document’s articles.