Asian faith leaders vow to strive for peace
Religious leaders from 16 Asian countries ended a four-day conference on Thursday in Jakarta by pledging to intensify efforts for peace and justice.
These goals can only be achieved if all religious communities strive to preserve values that are considered precious in Asian cultures, such as respect for life, attachment to tradition and concern for the common good, they said in a statement at the end of the 4th Conference of Muslim-Christian Religious Leaders of Asia.
“We believe that if human dignity is respected, human values are promoted and if dialogue remains open, conflict can be avoided in every circumstance,” the statement said.
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