Cabinet regrets Pope’s remarks

ABU DHABI — The UAE’s Cabinet yesterday held its regular weekly meeting under the chairmanship of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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Published: Mon 18 Sep 2006, 9:27 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:25 PM

The cabinet issued a statement regretting recent remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI about Islam and described them as “a radical turn from the path of his predecessor Pope John Paul II that held respect for Islam and encouraged dialogue”.

The statement said that the Pope’s remarks represented a stumbling block for ongoing dialogue to promote inter-faith harmony.

It also expressed the hope that reason and mutual respect will prevail between the two largest heavenly religions in the world.

The meeting also reviewed a number of draft laws submitted by the ministries and took appropriate action on them.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Mohammed bin Nakhira Al Dhaheri and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Hussain Al Shaali received Archbishop Francis, Secretary of the Vatican Representative in Abu Dhabi, yesterday. They conveyed to Archbishop Francis the statement issued by the cabinet.

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