Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has won backing from Muslim clerics from around the world for an interfaith dialogue with Christians and Jews, state media reported on Saturday.
Some 500 religious scholars and academics gathered for a 3-day conference in Mecca which ended on Friday as the first step of a plan announced by the Saudi king this year to create a dialogue with other faiths.
The king's call, which followed a meeting with Pope Benedict at the Vatican last year, sparked much interest from Jewish and Christian groups around the world.
More on this conference that is preparing for the ground-breaking event:
‘Saudi King Prepares Ground for Interfaith Meeting,’ Khaleej Times, 7 June 2008.
Image: King Abdullah and Pope Benedict at a historic meeting in Rome, November 2007.
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