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Al Ghurair meets Pope

posted on 23/10/2008: 1175 views

Rome - Speaker of the Federal National Council Abdul Aziz Abdullah al Ghurair met here yesterday with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican City in Rome and conveyed to him greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Al Ghurair told WAM that he reiterated during the meeting UAE's stance about religious tolerance and co-existence and that people from over 200 nationalities live in the country in peace and harmony.

He also said that last year, the UAE donated an plot of land in Al Ain to build on a church under support from General H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces and that His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah had ordered building of another church in the emirate.

"I was really impressed by His Holiness vast knowledge about different aspects of life in the UAE, specially the tolerance and churches construction," Al Ghurair said.

During the meeting, Al Ghurair thanked the Pope for establishing relations between the UAE and Vatican to enhance inter-faith dialogue. He affirmed that the government and people of the UAE reject any attempt to undermine faith or religious symbols.

Afterwards, Al Ghurair met Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State. He briefed him about religious tolerance in the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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