RI-Germany interfaith dialogue discussed multiculturalism, religious education

London (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Germany held their second Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue which discussed multiculturalism and religious education at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin from October 11 to 12.

"Multiculturalism was the main topic of the second Indonesia-German Interfaith Dialogue," Purno Widodo, third secretary at the Indonesian Embassy in Berlin, told ANTARA`s London correspondent on Wednesday.

In the dialogue, the Indonesian delegation was led by Bahrul Hidayat, secretary general of the Religious Affairs Ministry. Members of both delegations were academics, journalists and religious organization officials.

The second Indonesian-German Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue was meant to build mutual understandings and exchanges of experience between cultural and religious groups in both countries.

The results of the first dialogue which was held in Jogjakarta in 2010 included an agreement to hold the Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue regularly.

The second Indonesian-German Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue focused on educational cooperation in order to create a religious life full of tolerance and harmony between the two countries.

The dialogue was expected to result in concrete educational cooperation with German universities through student exchanges, scholarships, lecturer exchanges and other programs. The cooperation aims to increase the quality of education in Indonesia focusing on religious aspects.

The participants of the second Indonesian-German Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue not only held discussions but also made comparative study trips to some religious institutions in Berlin such as the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Foundation New Synagogue, Sehitlik Mosque and Museum of Islamic Art to witness religious interaction in life in Germany.
(Uu.SDP-15/HAJM/S012)

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