CAIRO: The 19th General Conference of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs continued its activities for the second day in Cairo Wednesday.
Under the auspices of President Hosni Mubarak, the conference was held under the title Problems of Muslim World and Remedy under Globalization, Social and Cultural Dimensions.
Participants of the conference stressed the necessity of building a constructive dialogue among all regions and cultures, according to press reports, while upholding its Islamic entity and its principles.
Working papers presented during the conference called for “Muslim unity in order to protect the Muslim world and to square up to schemes and conspiracies plotted against its resources and territories, reported the Kuwait news agency Kuna.
Addressing the conference, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Director-General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri said more attention was attached to the study of successive human civilizations over the last three decades, according to press reports.
“A successful inter-culture dialogue is contingent upon key constants, involving mutual respect, fair positions and visions and moderation, he said, noting that “inter-culture cooperation is meant to fight oppression, aggression, persecution and racial discrimination.
A number of Muslim leaders, scholars and thinkers, chiefly former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami and former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, are attending the three-day Islamic conference.
During the conference, they plan to discuss several issues, including Islam, inter-culture and inter-civilization dialogue, Islamic civilization, cultural identity and cultural and social human rights and religious and civilization multiplicity and well as globalization perils and risks against Islamic cultural identity.
Delegations from 22 Arab, 18 African, 19 Asian and 23 European countries, together with the Americas and Australia, are taking part in the gathering.