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Petrit Selimi invited to the Vatican by the Community of Sant’Egidio

Prishtina, 1 October 2013 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Petrit Selimi, has been invited to participate in an international gathering for peace, “Religions and cultures in dialogue”, which is taking place in Rome.

Selimi met, among others, with professor Alberto Quattrucci, Secretary General of the Community of Sant’Egidio, and with the Roman Catholic archbishop Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia. Selimi also held discussions with the Deputy Secretary of the US Department of State, Jerry White, the Ghanaian cardinal Peter Turkson who is also president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam – but also with many statesmen, Christian and Muslim clerics as well as economists, journalists and members of civil society from countries worldwide. 

In a cordial meeting with the Deputy Minister Selimi the Secretary General of the Community of Sant’Egidio congratulated the Kosovo diplomat on the great job done by the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo in promoting interfaith dialogue and on the successful organization of the international interfaith conference in Peja, while he promised that his renowned organization will endorse projects of interreligious dialogue and diplomacy.

Selimi and Kosovo Ambassador to Italy, Bukurije Gjonbalaj, were invited to an official dinner by the Ambassador of France to Italy and the former UNMIK official, Alain Le Roy, where they also had conversations with the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Irinej.

Participants of the conference include the Prime Minister of Italy, Enrico Letta, the President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, while a number of diverse issues are being addressed by eminent panelists and participants from all walks of life from around the world. Topics include the value of life, the power of dialogue throughout history, response of religions to violence of women, generosity and market economy, the culture of living together, etc.

Participation of Deputy Minister Selimi as the only Kosovo state official invited to this important global gathering, is particularly important in the context of promoting tolerance and interfaith dialogue and the intense lobbying activities for recognition of Kosovo by representatives of countries such as the Vatican, Israel, India, Lebanon, Greece, Syria, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Tunisia, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico, El Salvador, Argentina, Eritrea, Iraq, Romania, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cyprus, Cambodia, Rwanda, the Philippines.