King delivers keynote address at International Conference on Cohesive Societies in Singapore

Singapore, His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday stressed that the attack against interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence is the world’s single most important threat, which requires everyone to join forces in resisting hate and exclusion.

In a keynote address delivered at the inaugural International Conference on Cohesive Societies in Singapore, King Abdullah stressed the need to resolve conflicts, especially the core crisis of the region, the long denial of Palestinian statehood.

“The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has fuelled global discord and radicalism. We all need a lasting peace, meeting the needs of both sides: a viable, independent, sovereign Palestinian state, on the 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, but living side by side with Israel, in peace and security,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty keynote address was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein, His Majesty’s Chief Royal Councillor, His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, His Majesty’s chief adviser for religious and cultural affairs and personal envoy, President of Singapore Halimah Yacob, and a number of political, religious and intellectual leaders, and representatives of civil society organisations.

Following is the full translation of His Majesty’s keynote address:

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Madam President,

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Guests:

Thank you so much for having me here today. I am delighted to be in Singapore again.

Madam President, I deeply appreciate your invitation to this important conference. Because the dynamism I see here is urgently needed to tackle the world’s single most important threat the attack on interfaith harmony, mutual respect, and trust.

And I say “single most” because every global challenge in this 21st century demands we resist hatred and exclusion. Economic growth, peacemaking, protecting the environment, global security, inclusive opportunity all these critical goals require that we cooperate, and combine our strengths to our common benefit.

Source: Jordan News Agency