The Ambassador of Republic of Iraq in Prague Gives Opening Speech at Conference on Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue
The Ambassador of Republic of Iraq in Prague, Mrs. Sundus Omar Ali, delivered her speech at the opening session of the 5th Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue Conference alongside the Czech Foreign Minister Mr. Tomáš Petříček, Ambassador Omar focused on the importance of respecting different religions, and the distinction between freedom of expression and hate speech, as we live in a global village consisting of multiple religions and different civilizations, and Iraq is the cradle of civilizations, and multiple religions since ancient times, in addition to Islam, Christianity, Sabeans, Yazidis and Zoroastrianism and other religions stressing that work must be done to overcome the (COVID-19) pandemic , and that neither religion nor people can overcome this pandemic alone and also expressed the urgent need to establish an Islamic cemetery for Muslims in the Czech Republic.
The Ambassador stressed that interfaith and intercultural dialogue is a factor for social cohesion in the world’s confrontation with (COVID-19) pandemic as a united human community. The Ambassador also delivered the speech of Dr. Hanan Ashrawi (Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Head of the Diplomacy and Public Policy Department) on her behalf, as she was unable to participate in the conference due to her infection with (COVID-19).
The participation of the State of Palestine in the conference comes, for the first time, as a result of the relentless efforts made by the Ambassador.