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The World Is One Family & We Have A Shared Responsibility, Says Jordan's King Abdullah II In New Delhi

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| March 1 , 2018 , 15:11 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met King Abdullah II of Jordan on Thursday at the Hyderabad House and held bilateral talks. King Abdullah II addressed a conference on 'Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding & Moderation' and highlighted the importance of fighting against hate together.

King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday on a three-day visit.

Addressing the gathering at a conference on ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding & Moderation’ in Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital, Modi said that the fight against radicalisation was not against any religion but against a mindset that misguides the younger generation.

“Indian democracy is a celebration of age-old pluralism,” he said.

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The PM said, “Every religion found life here, it grew here. Every Indian is proud of this virtue, no matter what language he speaks, no matter what religion he practices.” 

King Abdullah II reiterated Modi’s thoughts and said the global war against terror is not a fight between religions. “It is between all faiths and communities against extremism, hate and violence,” he said.

He added, “Too much of what is heard in the news and what is seen about religion today is what separates people. Suspicions are inflamed by what different groups don’t know about others. Such ideologies of hate distort the word of God to stir conflict.”

Speaking on the need for a secured future, the King of Jordon said, “We cannot afford to allow the young ones to live without hope. We need to build strong successful countries. And it is our defence against turmoil and promise of secured and peaceful future which will help us achieve our goals.”

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He added, "We, both Muslims and non-Muslims, have the power to build a better future for the entire world."

Abdullah II also spoke on the need for countries to unite against terrorism.

He said, "We can't afford to allow young people to be left w/o hope trapped in isolation &vulnerable to false promises of outlaw groups. Inclusion is a path to co-existence we need, we need to build strong successful countries, our strongest defence against turmoil."

He said, "Jordan is working globally for dialogue in peace. The world is one family. However different our countries and people are we have shared the responsibility to each other as well as future."

The Jordanian King’s India visit comes almost three weeks after Prime Minister Modi took a trip to Jordan as part of his West Asia tour, including Palestine.