World Leaders in Iran for Interfaith Confab

A0523331.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- World figures will convene in Tehran to attend ‘Religion in the Modern World’ conference hosted by the Foundation for Dialogue among Civilizations.

Prominent think-tanks, political and religious leaders, including former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the European Commission president Romano Prodi, and the former Iranian president Seyyed Mohammad Khatami will attend the gathering to study interaction between ‘politics and religion’.

The conference aims to ease international tension and hopes to pave the way for enhancing cooperation between the Muslim world and the West.

Participants at the conference will discuss links between religion and globalization, modernity, democracy and peace and justice, press tv reported.

The two-day meeting, co-sponsored by The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, founded by former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, is a follow-up to Oslo conference held in July.

The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights is an independent, not-for-profit Foundation, established in January 2006.

The organizing committee has previously held three workshops on ‘extremism and tolerance’, ‘religion, democracy, extremism’ and ‘religion and politics’.

Former presidents of Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Ireland and Portugal along with the former prime ministers of Norway, France, Sudan and Bosnia are among those who will attend the gathering on October 13-14, 2008.

The former director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Federico Mayor, is also among the guests.

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