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Saudi King makes plea for new interfaith dialogue

by Pat Coate | April 04, 2008
"Our hand is outstretched to any peace initiative and any dialogue that is aimed at bringing an end to terror and violence."
- Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger of Israel

RIyadh, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi king has made an impassioned plea for dialogue among Muslims, Christians and Jews -- the first such proposal from a nation with no diplomatic ties to Israel and a ban on non-Muslim religious services and symbols.

Abdullah said Saudi Arabia's top clerics have given him the green light -- crucial backing in a society that expects decisions taken by its rulers to adhere to Islam's tenets.

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