Archbishop talks of urgent need to listen
The Archbishop of Canterbury told a conference in Qatar yesterday that the war in Iraq has highlighted the "urgent need" for different nations and faiths to listen to each other.
In a deliberately low-key address, which included only passing references to the Gulf conflict, Dr Rowan Williams said that improved relations between Christians and Muslims could help a "deeply troubled world".
"We are here to discover more about how each community believes it must listen to God, conscious of how very differently we identify and speak of God's revelation," he told participants in the seminar.
"Listening to God and listening to one another as nations, cultures and faiths have not always had the priority they desperately need. So this space for reflection is all the more important; it is both a symbol and an example of this kind of engagement."
The three-day ìBuilding Bridgesî conference in Doha is being attended by more than 30 Christian and Islamic leaders and scholars, including Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, and Dr Zaki Badawi, the head of the British Council of Imams and Mosques.
The nearest British forces are working at US Central Command, a 20-minute taxi ride from the conference at the Ritz-Carlton across the city. Dr Rowan Williams has however said that he has no plans to visit British troops