Msgr. Obiora Ike attends the First Meeting of the General Assembly of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace (GCTP)

The first meeting of the General Assembly of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace (GCTP) was held at the building of Lisbon Academy of Sciences in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon.

The meeting was attended by President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, H.E. Ahmad bin Mohammad Aljarwan, Vice President of the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic Fernando Negrao, President of Lisbon Academy of Sciences Carlos Salema, UAE Ambassador to Portugal H.H. Mousa Abdelwahed Al Khajah, and a large number of the accredited ambassadors of the states and the Vatican in Lisbon, as well as representatives of UN and international organizations, and of the UNESCO and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNACO), in addition to a number of universities and individuals working in the domains of tolerance and peace from around the world.

In a speech delivered at the opening of the meeting, Aljarwan indicated that it has been noticed recently that many states seek to achieve peace, stability and happiness for all humanity regardless of the color, gender, creed or religion, referring to the relentless efforts exerted by the international community over the past decades to prevent international and regional conflicts which have caused the death of millions of humans worldwide.

Aljarwan affirmed that building a true and sustainable peace for humanity doesn’t come through violence or the use of military force which would complicate this conflict, but the best solution comes through enhancing the culture of tolerance among peoples and nations and adopting the soft power policy which has become the focus of the attention of many states on the international level.

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