MCA Foundation President, Vicent Garces, attended this Thursday 15 December, the high-level meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean held in the Italian Senate in Rome to aproach the issue of Extremism and the necessary interrelated and intercultural dialogue.
The meeting, attended by parliamentarians from all Mediterranean countries, including representatives of Syria and Turkey, was attended by the Director of Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs of Morocco, Ahmed Qostass, the Secretary of Pontifical Council for the Interreligious Dialogue of the State of the Vatican City, Michelangelo Ayuso, the General Secretary of Culture in the Islamic Center of the “Great Mosque of Rome”, Abdallah Redoune, and the Vice-President of the Islamic Confederation of Italy, Hicham Rachdi. The meeting was chaired by the Italian Senator Emma Fattorini and the President of the PAM, the Moroccan Senator Lhou Lmarbouh.
At the meeting, several parliamentarians raised the problem of religious radicalization and identity as one of the foundations of extremism, and pointed out the need for intercultural and interreligious dialogue to deal with it.
An observatory of extremism in the Mediterranean
Vicent Garcés, President of the Mediterranean Citizens Assembly (MCAF) Foundation, as an observer member of the PAM, pointed out the need to create an observatory of extremism in the Mediterranean motivated by the increasingly worrying situation in the region. “At the meeting held by the MCA in Istanbul in 2013, we discussed the conflictive relationship between politics and religion in the Mediterranean, but the dramatic thing is that in 2016 the situation is much worse. We need to make a great effort to educate and train young people in the culture of peace, tolerance and respect for diversity. We need to support and strengthen existing legal instruments at the international level to prevent extremist violence, starting with respect for human rights”, he added.