Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sign Historic Abu Dhabi Declaration for World Peace and Living Together

  • Document On Human Fraternity Signed in UAE
  • Agreement To Help Bring an End to Conflicts and Fight Extremism

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al Azhar
Dr. Ahmed At-Tayyeb have signed the historic Abu Dhabi Declaration
– a document on Human Fraternity in the United Arab Emirates.

The “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”
seeks to encourage stronger relationships between people to promote
coexistence among peoples and to confront extremism and its negative

The signing ceremony was in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of
Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince
of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and
attended by more than 400 religious leaders.

During the ceremony His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
also presented the first “Human Fraternity Award – From Dar Zayed”
that was jointly given to Pope Francis and the Grand Imam.

The award was given to Dr. Ahmed at-Tayyeb in recognition of his firm
position in defence of moderation, tolerance, global values and his
vehement rejection of radical extremism.

Pope Francis meanwhile is well known as an advocate for tolerance and
the laying aside of differences and for his determined call for the
pursuit of peace and fraternity among humanity, and the award recognises
this continued commitment and approach.

In a speech before signing the Abu Dhabi Declaration, Pope Francis said
“hatred and violence” in the name of God cannot be justified, praising
the value of education in reducing conflict.

Meanwhile Dr. Ahmed At-Tayyeb, who is one of the world’s foremost Muslim
leaders, called on Muslims to protect Christian communities in the
Middle East and for Muslims in the West to integrate into their

“You are part of this nation… You are not minorities,” he said during
his speech at the ceremony.

The ceremony was part of the broader Human Fraternity Meeting that has
witnessed the first ever Papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula and hosted
by the UAE Government.

*Source: AETOSWire


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