In recent years, we have witnessed a rise of religious extremism, right wing populism and ultra-nationalism. We have seen extremists hijack the symbols and letters of the faiths and use them to prosecute violent campaigns that violate the sanctity of human life on a global scale: ISIS, ISWAP, Boko Haram etc.
Therefore, if we are to prevent an endless cycle of strife and conflict, tolerance is a necessity.
It is our role not only to articulate, as we are doing in this assembly today, the theoretical and doctrinal foundations for a more tolerant world, but more importantly, to make the personal sacrifices that would compel our societies to commit themselves to lifestyles of tolerance.
It was my privilege to deliver the keynote address at the opening session of the Sixth Assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace organized by the Government of the United Arab Emirates.