Italy: Muslim Leader Calls for Religious Tolerance

March 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Adnkronos International

The leader of Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, Hasyim Muzadi, has called for greater religious tolerance and understanding at an interfaith conference held in the Italian capital, Rome, on Wednesday. Muzadi, president of Nahdlatul Ulama, was at the conference organised by the Indonesian and Italian governments and a Catholic charity on Islam and coexistence.

The conference, entitled "Unity in Diversity: The culture of coexistence in Indonesia", was designed to improve dialogue with Indonesia, which is regarded by many as a model for a moderate Muslim country.

"Today's meeting lays a fundamental basis for balancing faith and tolerance," Muzadi told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Muzadi, whose organisation boasts more than 14 million members, joined intellectuals, religious and government officials, at the Rome conference.