Saudi King's Religion Conference Ends on Sour Note

[ New York Sun] Joseph Goldstein - An interfaith conference convened in Madrid by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia concluded on a sour note Friday as Christian and Jewish participants complained that the organizers, the Muslim World League, had too much control over the conference's closing communique. The final statement rankled several of the conference participants because it differed from an earlier agreed-upon draft. The vast majority of participants never had a chance to review any version of the statement before Abdul Rahman Al-Zaid of the Muslim World League read it aloud. "For us as participants from other religions this is not an acceptable procedure for adopting documents," said George Ryabykh, a Russian Orthodox priest participating in the conference.

2008-07-21 01:00:00

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