New York City (Agenzia Fides) - "Let me say it once again: Arab Christians are an integral part of my region's past, present and future". This is what the King of Jordan, Abdullah II said in his speech at the 69th UN General Assembly, where he wanted to reiterate in front of a qualified international audience that Christian communities are an important part of the history of the Middle East, and can in no way be considered guests or foreigners in lands that saw the first spread of Christianity.
In his speech at the UN Headquarters in New York, King Abdallah revived the role of the Hashemite Kingdom as a guarantor of a declination of Islamic identity open to dialogue with other faiths: "The teachings of true Islam - repeated the Jordanian monarch - are clear: sectarian conflict and strife are utterly condemned. Islam prohibits violence against Christians and other communities that make up each country.
Islam prohibits violence against Christians and other communities that make up each Country". King Abdullah called on Muslim and other leaders to work together against falsehoods and divisive actions, claiming with pride to his Country of having "spearheaded global interfaith and interreligious initiatives". The monarch also announced that Jordan will introduce a draft resolution covering the general proposition that a new international offence, falling under the crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity, be considered, on the basis of the aberrant new crimes against religious communities seen recently in Syria and Iraq. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 25/09/2014)