World leaders to attend interfaith dialogue
By Masood Haider

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31: Dozens of world leaders, including King Abdullah of 
Saudi Arabia, US President George Bush, King Juan Carlos of Spain and President 
Asif Zardari, are expected to attend a United Nations interfaith conference on 
Dialogue of Civilisations on Nov 13-14, UN officials told Dawn.

The conference is being held at the initiative of King Abdullah as a follow-up 
to Madrid interfaith conference held in July which delegates representing 
Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and other faiths from across 
the world attended.

They called upon the United Nations to convene a special session on dialogue.

The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr Zalmay Khalilzad, confirmed on 
Thursday that President Bush would come to the world body on Nov 13. Mr Bush 
has been a proponent of faith-based initiatives in the United States.

The Madrid conference adopted 10 principles that included unity of humankind 
and the equality of human beings irrespective of their colour, ethnic 
background and culture; purity of the nature of humans as they were created 
liking good and disliking evil, inclining to justice and avoiding injustice; 
diversity of cultures and civilisations.

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