Vatican PM meets with Muslim World League secretary general

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Prime Minister of the State of the Vatican Cardinal Pietro Parolin received Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa, the president of the Muslim World League, in his office on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the meeting, Parolin voiced the importance of the league’s positive efforts in serving Islamic communities.

He also highlighted the significant meeting which Issa held last September with Pope Francis when they voiced their commitment to dialogue between Islam and Christianity given its importance amid the presence of extremist groups that commit violence in the name of religion.

Parolin asserted the Vatican’s positive ties with the league, adding that both parties adhere to fruitful dialogue which must be based on the concept that convictions cannot be imposed and differences must be respected.

He also voiced the importance of learning from past experiences and focusing on the fact that accepting others and respecting their differences help find solutions.

“In the past, religions were linked to certain geographic areas and societies. Today, however, geographic borders shattered. The world now resembles a small village,” he said, adding that not resorting to dialogue paves way to extremism and terrorism.

Meanwhile, Issa noted that it’s the responsibility of religious leaders to fight extremism.

He added that the league adheres to the values of dialogue and is keen on communicating with the Vatican and the Pope who has fair stances such as “Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.”

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