Shiraz, Fars prov, May 31, IRNA-The head of the International Center for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations, Seyed Mohammad Khatami said in Shiraz on Wednesday that today the world is in greater need of rational dialogue to attain understanding and peaceful coexistence.
He told IRNA that development of violent actions, promotion of tendency towards occupation and terror as well as post-September-11 suppression in the world overshadowed the idea of dialogue among civilizations.
The former president said that this increased anxieties of the world community about the growing atmosphere of panic and violence.
"However, five years after the September 11 incident, the world feels a increased urge for dialogue and understanding.
"Today, the flame of dialogue and understanding, which was slightly on the verge of extinction, is again gaining momentum," added Khatami.
He said that the world public opinion has now realized that war is detrimental to all nations and that it is the duty of NGOs to engage in promoting peace and friendship.
"One of the threats facing Islam is the intention to attribute all violence and extremism going on in the community to Islam, while Islam is a religion which promotes kindness," he added.
On his return from a visit to Kuwait, Khatami made a brief stop-over in Shiraz, where he met a number of provincial men of culture, journalists and the educated.
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