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19 Apr 2017- Statement by His Excellency Gh. Khoshroo on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue Processes as a Tool for Preventing Conflict and Post-Conflict Peace-building

Statement by His Excellency Gh. Khoshroo

Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

before the meeting of the Group of Friend of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue Processes as a Tool for Preventing Conflict and Post-Conflict Peace-building

 19 April 2017- UN Headquarters, New York

  

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم


Excellencies,

distinguished colleagues,

I would like to express my deep appreciation to all speakers at the opening session of this meeting.

To make our world more peaceful, we need to learn how to come to terms with each other and how to accept our differences. Even better, not only to accept, but to cherish them as an asset.

Violent extremism is the most dreadful ideology of our time. Extremists can be classified in two main categories: one, those who are engaging in terrorist atrocities and are mainly non-state actors, networking globally through new information technology; and the second group are mightful states fostering extremist views and taking violent and unilateral action who consider themselves right because they are mightful. Their approach toward other cultures, religions, people and civilizations are not constructive but discriminatory and exclusionary.

To my view, these two groups of statelesss and hopeless violent criminals, as well as those powerful but irresponsible states, are unable to contribute to peace and reconciliation.

We need new perspective. We should condemn extremist approach and take dialogue and respect as a tool for preventing conflict and promoting peace.

Excellency,

 

 

The international community faces numerous issues that require a collective and coherent action. Religious and cultural intolerance, xenophobia and racial discrimination are a few examples of such issues that call for collective reaction. As the international community has long recognized, dialogue can be used as a means for pursing effective and preventive action to tackle those challenges.

 It is now more crucial than ever to promote and disseminate values and attitudes which promote and institutionalize dialogue among cultures to ensure interaction among people and groups with different cultural identities and to strengthen their willingness to live together.  

What we need today is a genuine global commitment to bring about change for the sake of peace. We should find ways to take advantage of our differences in order to broaden our knowledge and to enhance mutual understanding and respect for each other.

 

I thank you.


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