The secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) Mohammed Al-Issa announced the launch of a global initiative that the international body will be working on to further boost relations across religious and national divides.
Al-Issa also stressed the value of friendship, lamenting the various factors that threaten bonds between people, including political and religious extremism.
This came during a lecture on friendship between nations and peoples which the MWL chief gave upon his recent invitation to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) in Rome, Italy.
During his speech, Al-Issa cited many examples of the positive relationship between the Islamic and Christian worlds. A relationship that has been recently reinforced through increased dialogue between the MWL and the Vatican. He emphasized the importance of cooperation based on mutual values and natural law.
Al-Issa praised his friendship with Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He commented that he was happy to see him visit Saudi Arabia and meet with King Salman.
Al-Issa and UCSC Rector Franco Anelli signed a partnership agreement between the MWL and the university. It aims to develop and improve Arabic-language programs and Arab and Islamic cultural research activities at the university.
In recent years, the Catholic university has undertaken various initiatives to promote Arabic language and culture.
Through this partnership, the MWL and the UCSC seek to enhance research in these fields. They also plan to implement theoretical and applied research programs at the university’s Arabic Language Research Center.