Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

30 May 2019, Aachen

Address at the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for the Unity of Europe

Su Majestad, Señoras y Señores, 
En primer lugar, quiero dar las gracias a Su Majestad el Rey Felipe VI de España por su presencia aquí hoy y sus amables palabras; significan mucho para mí.

27 May 2019, Vienna

Opening remarks to the Day of Action with UN Messenger of Peace Mr. Yo-Yo Ma

Let me first of all express how grateful I am to Yo-Yo Ma. He is a fantastic Messenger of Peace. 
Indeed, if one looks at music, music represents two things that are absolutely crucial for what the UN does. 
First, music is a universal language. Music brings us together. Music is a symbol of peace.

27 May 2019, Vienna

Remarks at event marking 40th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
I do believe that if Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss had been here today, they would have loved the wonderful piece we all have heard.
I want to say that it is good to see Vienna going on with the most fantastic musical tradition of the world. Because music is a universal language. Music is the language of peace. Music is probably the best language we could have in the United Nations.

13 May 2019, Christchurch

Remarks during visit with Muslim community in Christchurch

As salam alaikum.
I thank this community very much for their welcome – particularly during this holy month of Ramadan. 
Every Ramadan I make a visit of solidarity somewhere around the world.  Last year, it was in Mali – the year before that, in Afghanistan. 
This year, because of the terrible terrorist attack against your community, I wanted to be here with you.  
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22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at press encounter at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York

As salaam alaikum.
I am honoured to be here on this holy day to pay my respects and show my solidarity with the Muslim community from New York to New Zealand and beyond.
The horrific terror attack in Christchurch took place exactly one week ago.  Our hearts remain heavy with grief and sympathy for the families of the victims.
Over the last few days, we have learned more about those victims and their stories. 

22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at the 96th Street Mosque in Manhattan

As salaam alaikum.  Thank you very much.
I am here on this holy day to express my solidarity and to offer my support to you, to your community and to your families.
We are still reeling from last Friday’s terrorist attack in New Zealand.  At the same time, we have come to learn so many inspiring stories about the victims.