BERLIN, 24th June, 2016 (WAM) — The UAE embassy in Berlin organised on Wednesday a Ramadan Gathering under the theme “Religious tolerance and cultural dialogue,’ which was attended by Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor of Germany and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Markus Droge, Bishop of the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia and other political and religious personalities.

UAE Ambassador to Germany Ali Abdullah al Ahmed welcomed the guests and stressed the importance of tolerance and co-existence in Islam, which is founded on the principles of amity and rejection of violence, extremism and exclusionism.

In his speech, Sigmar Gabriel thanked the ambassador for hosting the gathering and highlighted the transformation taking place in Germany when it comes to stance towards Islam, which has become an integral part of the German society.

He also emphasised the need for dialogue with Muslim communities in Germany to combat the right wing extremists.

In his speech, Bishop Droge called for more joint cooperation between Muslims and Christians to deepen peaceful co-existence.

Ayman Mazik, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Muslims in Germany, called for a unified stand against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

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