UN chief calls interfaith meeting on sidelines of peace conference

From the Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi (R) shakes hands with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) after their press conference at the Foreign Ministry office.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited religious leaders to an interfaith meeting in Nay Pyi Taw later this week.

The hour-long discussion will take place at Kempinski Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on the morning of August 31, according to the invitation sent out by the Foreign Ministry. The UN secretary general will be in Myanmar to attend the 21st-century Panglong Conference.

Leaders of six different religions, including Baha’i and Jewish representatives as well as Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist delegates, have been invited to attend the interfaith discussion.

The head of the national special assembly of the Baha’i Faith of Myanmar, U Tin Kyaing, yesterday confirmed his intention to attend the gathering.

“According to what I was informed, they want to focus on interfaith issues in order to achieve civil peace in our country,” he said.

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