‘Message of Islam’ exhibition opens in Bucharest

MUSCAT: The touring exhibition “Oman’s Message of Islam: Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence” opened on Friday, for the first time in Romania, to great acclaim by the diplomatic community. Ambassadors from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Sudan and Palestine attended the ceremony  and publicly expressed their support for this initiative. Organised by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, the exhibition is part of an initiative to promote international dialogue, peaceful coexistence and inter-religious dialogue. The exhibition was co-hosted by Center for Studies and Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue of the University of Bucharest and the European Romanian Pan-Arabian Cultural Center, and was held at the premises of the Palazzo Italia; an international cultural and business centre.
The opening ceremony was attended by more than 140 distinguished guests, representatives of Romanian government ministries, the academic and religious communities, students and faculty of various universities, and members of the public. Welcoming speeches were given by Father Achimescu, Director, Center for Studies and Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue of the University of Bucharest; Dr Mircea Dumitru, Rector of the University of Bucharest; Dr Dirar Kuntaini, President of the European Romanian Pan-Arabian Culture Centre; Giovanni Baldantoni, Director of Palazzo Italia; Cleopatra Lorintiu, Counsellor, Cultural Attache in the office of the Secretary of State, Government of Romania; Sakr Malkawi, Ambassador of Jordan; Prof Radu Karp, University of Bucharest; Catalin Raiu, Advisor of the State Secretary for Religious Affairs, Government of Romania; and Prof Nicu Gavrilutza, University of Iasi.
Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Mohammed al Mamari expressed his appreciation for the gracious reception and support shown to promote peace, dialogue and mutual understanding, and lauded Romania for the centuries of peaceful coexistence shown in its diverse ethnic and religious communities.