The Sultanate to Mark International Tolerance Day tomorrow

Jakarta, In implementation of the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to disseminate the concept of understanding among peoples of the world in a bid to enhance human relations among nations, the Sultanate will join the rest of world countries in marking the International Day for Tolerance, which falls on November 16 every year.

The Sultanate’s delegation to the celebration, which will be held in the Indonesian capital Jakarta tomorrow Saturday, will be led by Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Salmi, Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs.

Respect religions and cultures, and the freedom to embrace them, as well as considering the religious pluralism top the priority of the Sultanate’s interests as per the directives of His Majesty the Sultan. This stems from the belief on the religions’ roles in maintaining security and peace, in addition to the importance of coexistence and disseminating the culture of tolerance as these elements have a positive impact on the world stability and providing the requirements of development.

Dr. Mohammed bin Said al-Ma’amari, Scientific Advisor at the Office of Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs said that the Sultanate has consistently celebrated this annual celebration, pointing out that the Sultanate’s celebration of the International Day for Tolerance this year comes under the theme Towards United Human Values. The theme embodies the human dimension in the relations between individuals, states and communities according to the principles of respect and appreciation of human diversity in the world and respecting cultures, religions and sanctities, as well as the rejection of all forms of extremism, violence and hatred.

In a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA), he explained that the Sultanate will host round table meetings tomorrow in Jakarta, with participation of a number of researchers, scholars and those who support peace from different world countries.

He added that the celebration will include a number of activities, such as launching the Omani commemorative stamps Towards United Human Values.

The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter , as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. This action followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow up Plan of Action for the year.

Source: Oman News Agency