(ANSA) - ROME, NOV 17 - Deputy Foreign Minister Marina Sereni
stressed the need for dialogue to meet the challenges the world
faces as she addressed the Global Interfaith Summit at the Italy
Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The summit was promoted by the United Arab Emirates Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, "We accepted this invitation because, at the G20 (summit in Rome), we invested in dialogue, not just between religions, but also between institutional and political authorities," Sereni said.
"We are faced with global challenges: the pandemic, the climate crisis, hunger and wars.
"We can win these global challenges if there is dialogue, not just between different religions, but also between different cultures and at different levels.
"Cooperation and dialogue between states and religious institutions are fundamental.
"During the pandemic, religious leaders raised their voices in defence of the poor and the most vulnerable, for an equitable distribution of vaccines. "Governments and religious authorities can share responsibility for promoting solidarity, mutual understanding and cooperation, eradicating discrimination and intolerance. Inclusive, high quality education is the best antidote". Deputy Minister Sereni also had several bilateral meetings with UAE officials in Dubai. (ANSA).