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Tolerance, cooperation cornerstones in interfaith dialogue - King
Amman, 20 February 2013



His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday received Cardinal Robert Sarah and other participants in the annual conference of Caritas in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), which opened in Amman on Wednesday.

King Abdullah underlined the need to promote tolerance and cooperation as basis for dialogue and understanding among all followers of the three monotheistic religions.

The King noted that Jordan sets an example of interfaith tolerance and understanding manifested in the Amman Message. His Majesty also congratulated Caritas Foundation, which is headed by Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal, on the 45th anniversary of its launch in Jordan, valuing the humanitarian and local community efforts the foundation has been exerting since its inception.

The King highlighted Jordan’s efforts in providing humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in the Kingdom, in cooperation with international organisations and institutions, and called for intensified efforts by all concerned parties to provide better services and decent life to the displaced Syrians.

For their part, Cardinal Sarah and the accompanying delegation thanked Jordan for the humanitarian assistance it is providing to Syrian refugees, and praised the King’s role in promoting peace and tolerance.

President of Caritas Jordan Fuad Twal commended His Majesty’s effort and Jordan for being a “destination for all people leaving their turbulent countries, in search for peace and tranquility.”

Caritas is holding a regional conference to discuss efforts to assist Syrian refugees and means to enhance cooperation for humanitarian purposes amongst its branches in Jordan and other Arab countries.

Caritas Jordan is a member of the Rome-based Caritas Internationalis confederation that manages a network of humanitarian work in 164 societies operating in 200 areas and countries.