High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Miguel Moratinos called on Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani on the margins of the 78th UNGA Session in New York.
During the meeting, they discussed in detail the UNAOC's mandate, work and potential areas of collaboration, in particular combatting Islamophobia and intolerance that stems from religious beliefs and interfaith dialogue to foster harmony among cultures and societies.
The Foreign Minister underscored that religious intolerance and Islamophobia are escalating globally, but the most vehement expression is evident in India.
He urged the UNAOC to intensify its initiatives to halt and reverse the tide of Islamophobia, bigotry, and discrimination grounded in religion and belief.
He also expressed his appreciation for the valuable work undertaken by the Alliance and the High Representative. In this context, he underscored the importance of unbiased and comprehensive reporting.
While encouraging interfaith and intercultural dialogue and exchange of ideas at the local, national and international levels, the High Representative reiterated the UNAOC's readiness to promote continued dialogue and foster mutual respect and understanding, including on ways to combat Islamophobia.