Dialogue of civilizations, tolerance

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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.
 

02 April 2019, Cairo

Remarks at Al Azhar mosque

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo where he expressed his solidarity and underscored the need to fight the scourge of Islamophobia, as well as all forms of hatred and bigotry. UN Photo/Mahmoud Abd ELLatiff

As salaam alaikum.
 
I am honoured to address you in this esteemed seat of Islamic learning.
 
Standing here, one cannot fail to feel the impressive weight of more than 1,000 years of history, culture, scholarship and worship.
 
As Secretary-General of the UN, and as a man of faith, I have come to express my respect for Islam and my solidarity with its followers in these turbulent times.
 
It is less than a month since a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, took the lives of 50 worshippers of all ages.

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