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Archbishop of Tehran: No world peace without religious dialogue

TEHRAN, Sept. 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- Archbishop Sebu Sarkissian, the spiritual leader of Armenian Orthodox Christians in Tehran, said on Monday that dialogue is an absolute necessity of the modern world.

The main objective of all divine religions is to teach people to live better lives, Sarkissian told the Mehr News Agency.

"Since the followers of all divine religions have a strong belief in their religious values, it is essential to hold talks between the followers of different religions and religious denominations.

"Religious negotiations are the most important kind of negotiations in the modern world because mutual understanding and religious tolerance will be established between religions when they actually become familiar with each other," he said.

Archbishop Sarkissian stated that the topic of discussion in dialogue among religions depends on the interests of the participants in the religious, social, political, or cultural spheres.

"Moral values are necessities of human life and religious dialogue because these are the values that unite humans and help them understand each other," he added.

Religious dialogue has become essential in recent years because world peace can never be established without mutual understanding, Sarkissian said in conclusion.

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