Khalifa promotes values of mutual respect, equality

ABU DHABI - Rev. Hanna Kildani, Secretary-General of the Christian Schools in Jordan, has praised the efforts of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for supporting openness and human co-existence between the different faiths and nationalities in the UAE.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 12 Aug 2008, 1:13 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:01 PM

In a lecture at the Centre of Information Affairs in Abu Dhabi recently, he said Shaikh Khalifa is following the path of late Shaikh Zayed who wanted to spread happiness among mankind and who is known for his simplicity, truthfulness and asceticism.

Rev. Kildani pointed out that Shaikh Khalifa has managed to bring about an economic and urban awakening in the UAE, accompanied by a pioneering human reawakening, promoting the values of mutual respect and equality. He considered this to be a result of the state's orientation towards spreading tolerance and promoting the spirit of love and friendship in the UAE.

He said Arab Christians believe that coexistence in its positive essence and dimension is a certain choice made over the centuries. 'We share the same cultural heritage which we both have contributed to, each according to their own ingenuity,' indicating that the Christians in the East are an inalienable part of the civilisational identity of Muslims and vice versa.

Rev. Kildani stressed the necessity of preserving, developing, strengthening and reinvigorating this historical heritage so that it becomes the basis for coexistence, and constructive and brotherly cooperation.

The Arab Islamic civilisation and the Arabic language have been a factor in the unity and communication among Christian communities in the East, despite theological differences.

He said conditions for a promising future of Muslim-Christian coexistence are available and are promoted by the will of the two parties to keep the channel of dialogue open for the common good of both parties, international peace and tolerance between peoples; for developing a rational identity that does not consider 'the religious other' to be a threat to their identity.

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