In a world of intolerance and injustice, it is important to have dialogue with one another. Tolerance and co-existence is one of the important pillars of the United Nations, and Oman is deeply committed to them, said H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdullah al Salmi, Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs.
H E Sheikh Salmi said so while addressing a two-day celebration of the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs on the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Tolerance that concluded at Sheraton Oman Hotel on Tuesday.
The event brought together several youth leaders and ministries to raise awareness on youth-led strategies, which promote mutual understanding among cultures and peoples, and discuss how member states, the United Nation and civil society can support young people in effecting positive change.
“There is a need to exchange dialogue and ideas with people of other faiths for co-existence,” H E Sheikh Salmi added.
“COVID-19 taught us that we can fight back united and so we must do so. We need to work together without hatred and a feeling of superiority.”
He added that people need to live in peace, dignity and liberty for the sake of future generations. “We need no wars now,” he said.
H E Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, said, “At this time when our values of humanity are challenged by extremism and armed conflicts around he world, it is very important not to treat people based on their faith. It is important that we co-exist for a better world which is possible only through dialogue and mutual understanding.”
The two-day virtual conference convened high-level civil society members to share best
practices and consider how civil society organisations and the government can collaborate to achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The celebration of the International Day for Tolerance comes in continuation and consolidation of the sultanate’s efforts to promote a culture of peace and harmony.