RIYADH - Saudi Arabia and Spain have agreed to hold an interfaith dialogue of Muslims, Christians and Jews in Madrid in July.
The dialogue, called for by King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, after he won the backing of religious scholars at a meeting in Makkah this month, will be held on July 16-18 by the Saudi-based World Muslim League, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Officials at Spain’s foreign ministry were not immediately available for comment.
“Prominent figures among followers of the divine faiths will take part in dialogue concerning life in human societies, international cooperation, human rights, and issues of security, peace and living together in the world,” said the SPA statement.
King Abdullah’s call for dialogue, which followed a meeting with Pope Benedict at the Vatican last year, has sparked interest from Jewish and Christian groups around the world.
Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz visited Spain earlier this month.
Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told the Makkah meeting that dialogue should address political issues concerning Western influence in the Muslim World, citing Iraq and the Palestinian issue.