GENEVA, 2nd October 2016 (WAM) – The Muslim Council of Elders and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have come together in rejection of all forms of bigotry and racial discrimination, based on religion, ethnicity, gender or origin.

This came in a joint communique, issued at the end of a meeting held in Geneva today between the Muslim Council of Elders and the WCC and was presided over by the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb.

The communique called on religious leaders and faith-based organisations to work for creating a culture of peace and practices of peacemaking. It referred to the Bait Al Ayla (The Family House), founded by Al Azhar and various churches in Egypt, as an example of successful initiatives to promote tolerance.

In their joint communique, Muslim Council of Elders and the WCC also called for encouraging women’s engagement in building and promoting peace, and for halting proliferation arms, and directing such resources instead, to fighting poverty, ignorance and disease.

At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed to continue and convene a following meeting in the first quarter of 2017.

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