Saudi Arabia’s interfaith dialogue a welcome move

By Nathalie Goulet | Arab News

Even a blind man would be able to see the revolution that is being accomplished in so little time in Saudi Arabia today. And this was boosted by the announcement late last month of an agreement between the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, and the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the Vatican and French Cardinal of the Catholic Church, Jean-Louis Tauran, to accomplish mutual goals.

A multicultural society is already a fact in the UAE and Bahrain, which has a very old Jewish community. It is now the turn of Saudi Arabia to open its borders to new challenges, including religious diversity. More than cinemas or entertainment plans, this sends a strong message to the world.

I talked about inviting the Pope to Saudi Arabia during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Paris in 2016. We might not be too far from that now.