UAE President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed took to Twitter on Sunday to share a message of peace. He noted on the International Day of Human Fraternity, observed on February 4, that “solidarity and understanding are essential for achieving peaceful coexistence.”
“We pray that our shared human values will guide us towards lasting peace and stability for all,” he added. On this day in 2019, Pope Francis and Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmad Al Tayyib, signed a document titled ‘Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together’.
The Day takes into consideration the impactful efforts of the Emirates to encourage the values of tolerance, coexistence and peace across the globe. The Gulf state’s focus on finding peaceful solutions to raging conflicts is immensely prominent.
In recent news, UAE mediation helped facilitate another major prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine. The deal highlighted the global status of the country as a trusted partner on the international stage, according to the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Inclusion, solidarity, peace and tolerance
In 2020, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution wherein the fourth day of February is set to be designated as the International Day of Human Fraternity, starting from the next year of the adoption of the resolution, i.e., from 2021 onwards.
The resolution acknowledges the initiatives aimed at boosting intercultural and interreligious dialogue. It also encourages all the Member States of the UNGA to focus on a culture of inclusion, solidarity, peace and tolerance.
In addition, the resolution recalls and acknowledges the prominent meeting on February 4, 2019, in Abu Dhabi between Grand Imam Ahmad Al Tayyib and Pope Francis, that resulted in the signing of the notable document.
The global community needs – perhaps more than ever before – to recognise the valuable contribution of people of all religions or beliefs to humanity and the contribution that dialogue among all religious groups can make toward better awareness and understanding.
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