Madrid, Oct 27, IRNA-International Conference on Dialogue among Civilizations and Religions will be opened in Spain's capital, Madrid, on Friday morning with a message by former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami.
Mr. Khatami's message will be read by Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Madrid, Morteza Alviri, at Castiana Internacional Hotel, where the event is to be held.
The main sponsor of the international gathering is Spain's Atman Cultural Institute, that has been focussing exclusively on Dialogue among Civilizations.
Deputy head of Atman Institute Ms. Tressa Aranda said in a press conference here Monday, "We had invited the initiator of Dialogue among Civilizations, Mr. Khatami to be the keynote speaker at the international event, but he has begged to be excused due to his simultaneous pre-scheduled activities."
She added, "Khatami has in his message to the conference appreciated Spain for the 'noteworthy cultural move'"
Among the high ranking officials at the event here would be the Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero Rodriguez, Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Angel Moratinos, former premier Philippe Gonzales, Turkey's Religious Affairs Minister Mehmet Aidin and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa.
There will meanwhile be political and cultural personalities and researchers from Palestine, Britain, Turkey, France, Indonesia, Serbia and Montenegro, United States, Morocco, Czech Republic, Belgium, Colombia, Norway, Germany, Jordan, and Iran, who will present papers, or take part at panel discussions of the day-long gathering.
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