Chirac for ending cultural divide

Jacques Chirac, the French president, has called for dialogue to avoid cultural misunderstandings in the wake of the global uproar over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

    The French president (L) addressed the Saudi Majlis

    Chirac, speaking at Majlis, the Saudi parliament, on Sunday called for "cultivating all opportunities for dialogue to avoid misunderstandings", and for "redoubling attention and efforts to preserve peace".

    Chirac, on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, was the first foreign leader to address the non-elected parliament.

    Riyadh and Paris "can unite their efforts to thwart those who, in fanning the flames of fanaticism, provoke a sad clash of ignorance concealed as a clash of civilisations".

    Chirac also insisted on the need to "respect the diversity of peoples, faiths and cultures" and to "link ourselves to values of tolerance".

    "More than ever, we should affirm the universal values that provide the basis for our common existence," he said.

    Chirac urged mobilisation against the terrorist threat in Saudi Arabia.

    "France is united with the kingdom in its battle against this blight that no country is safe from," Chirac said. "We will win this fight by uniting our efforts and conducting them with the respect of law and our values."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.