Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz has said that Saudi Arabia's call for inter-religious dialogue is aimed at promoting the dignity of Islam and the common interests of humanity and enhance harmony among the different nations of the world.
"This call drew praise from the international community in its entirety and gave me the promise of success to put an end to the world's ordeals of violence and extremism increasingly associated to religious affiliations," the King said in his annual address to the Muslim pilgrims here Wednesday.
He highlighted the Muslims' need for dialogue among themselves in order to promote tolerance and moderation and curb extremism, divisions and misconceptions which "risk undermining the aspirations of the nation."
"Terrorism, which poses a grave threat to the entire world, is usually blamed on Muslims; it stems from the acts of (Muslim) extremists who defected from the tolerant spiritual values of Islam," the King said.
"This bunch of people represents nobody except themselves even if they outfitted themselves in Islamic clothing," he said.
King Abdullah urged the Arab and Muslim nations to unite, join forces against the causes of division and sectarian incitement, and foil the hostile designs targeting them.
Regarding the current hajj season, he took great pride in the fact that his country plays host to the holy occasion and serves millions of Muslim pilgrims who came from all parts of the world.
He said the government of the Kingdom would spare no effort in providing the pilgrims with the latest facilities and services, and would continue modernizing and expanding the infrastructure in and around the holy sites.
He also extended greetings to the Muslim nations on the occasion of the Eid Al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) and congratulated the pilgrims over the blessings of their fulfilled pilgrimage.
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