(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Most conflicts around the world are due to ignorance, according to Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, secretary general in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who was speaking at a forum organised as part of the third World Interfaith Harmony Week being held from February 2 to 6.
The day-long forum, organised by the Sultan Qaboos Higher Center for Culture and Science, was held at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque's lecture hall and was attended by scholars from Oman and other countries. Sayyid Badr, who delivered the first keynote address, said that the important question in today's world is how institutions can help people understand the other side', especially in social and political aspects.
''Oman's policy is based on three main pillars: having a comprehensive overview about issues and seeking peaceful political solutions; rejecting prejudice to one side and not intervening in the internal affairs of others; and having tolerance and respect for the traditions and customs of others, even if they seem strange,'' he said.
He added that a positive flow of dialogue between Iran and the other countries will reflect positively on the whole region.
Dr James Zogby, director of the Arab-American Institute (AAI) in the US, who delivered the second keynote address, said that most Arabs like Americans but not American policies. This was revealed in an online voting by AAI.
Zogby said that the US needs more understanding of the Middle East and there are only few colleges in the US that offer Middle East studies.