17 Jul 2017 - 1:04
DICID to work with Liberia Embassy
Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) and the Liberian Embassy are eyeing cooperation. Dr Ibrahim Al Naimi, Chairman of DICID, recently met the Liberian Embassy Charge d’Affaires, Ali Sylla, and promised to work with the Liberian side. He invited the Charge d’Affaires to get involved in DICID’s activities.
They discussed issues of common interest in the field of interfaith cooperation and related organisations in Liberia.
Dr Al Naimi said that there are many other activities undertaken by the Center, both locally and internationally.
Dr Al Naimi pointed out that the Center regularly organises courses for independent or private schools to train students and teachers in dialogue and communication skills with different religions and cultures. It also organises educational lectures and round tables for resident communities. The DICID has been bringing out a number of publications such as the Adyan interfaith magazine, newsletter, periodicals, brochures and posters related to interfaith dialogue. In addition, issues all available to researchers and visitors, as well as a rich library opened last year, which specializes in the study and comparison of religions and interreligious dialogue.
It is noteworthy that the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue is one of the leading Arab centers for interfaith dialogue and is active in its field, in cooperation with all relevant institutions, at the local, regional and international levels.
The Liberian Charge d’Affaires has suggested cooperation between the DICID and the interfaith bodies in Liberia, to exchange experiences for the benefit of both sides, through the Liberian Embassy in Doha.
He explained that interfaith started in Liberia in 1990, after the civil war, with the creation of the national interreligious council, where different faiths are represented. This body has been organising a number of interreligious meetings to discuss interfaith questions.
The Republic of Liberia is a country on the West African coast. It has Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north and Ivory Coast to its east. It covers an area of 111,369 square kilometres and has a population of 4,503,000 people. English is the official language and over 20 indigenous languages are spoken. According to the 2008 National Census, 85.5% of the population practices Christianity.