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Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted conference on role of intercultural dialogue in prevention radicalism and violence


On 7 November 2019 the fourth edition of conference on intercultural and interreligious dialogue took place in Czernin Palace under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. This year conference focused on relationship between intercultural dialogue and prevention of radicalism and violence. Conference was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in close cooperation with Institute of International Relations and Organisation of Islamic Conference, Prague Group.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomáš Petřiček underscored in his speech the importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue as a tool to fight deepening differences between cultures and religions and appreciated that there was an opportunity to hear voices from academic world as well as perspectives from religious leaders.


Among international guests there were Ambassador of Iraq to the Czech Republic H.E. Sundus Omar Ali Albayraqdar, who delivered her remarks on behalf of OIC countries, Apostolic Nuncio to the Czech Republic H.E. Charles D. Balvo and H.E. Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, Secretary General of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), which was founded jointly by Saudi Arabia, Austria and Spain with support from the Holy See. The topic was also discussed by renowned academics such as Peter Mandeville, Jeffrey Heynes and Susan Hayward as well as journalist and activist Yeni Wahid, who significantly contributed to reconciliation in conflicts in Southeast Asia. The conference was also attended by representatives from Azerbaijan, Iran and OIC.


The participants agreed that in our current era, which is plagued by chronic conflicts and crises, intercultural dialogue is one of the most important instruments contributing to restoration of broken bonds across countries and societies. As such it plays an indispensable role in the modern world.