France and Germany have joined their voices to the numerous declarations having hailed the joint call launched by King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, and his Holiness Pope Francis on Jerusalem/Al-Quds Al-Sharif, cradle of the three monotheistic religions.
In Berlin, the spokesperson for the German Foreign Ministry said Thursday “The German government commends the Call signed by HM King Mohammed VI and His Holiness Pope Francis which stresses the importance of Jerusalem (Al-Quds Al-Sharif) for the three monotheistic religions.”
On Wednesday a Spokesperson for the French foreign ministry hailed the call, saying that “France considers that the final status of Jerusalem must be settled within the framework of peaceful negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians”, said.
The goal of these negotiations is the establishment of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, added the French official.
During his historic visit to Morocco March 30-31, Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI, chairman of Al Quds Committee of the OIC, signed a document, calling for the protection of the multi-faith and sacred character Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
“We believe it is important to preserve the Holy City of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Al-Sharif as a shared heritage of humankind and to safeguard it, above all for the believers of the three monotheistic religions, as a symbol of peaceful coexistence and as a meeting place where mutual esteem and dialogue are fostered”, said the two leaders.
They also affirmed that the uniqueness, the spiritual dimension and special identity of Al-Quds Al-Sharif must be preserved and enhanced.
“We therefore hope that, in the Holy City, the followers of the three monotheistic religions will be guaranteed free access to religious sites as well as the right to practice their faith there, so that from Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif, the believers may address a prayer to God, the Creator of all beings, for a future of peace and brotherhood on earth”, said King Mohammed VI and Pope Francis.
Director general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, also hailed the Jerusalem/Al-Quds Al-Sharif which insists on the preservation of the Holy City as a common heritage of humanity and on safeguarding its specific multi-religious character, spiritual dimension and particular identity.
The ISESCO Chief also lauded the contents of the speech delivered by King Mohammed VI on the first day of the pope’s visit.
“The Sovereign’s speech is very expressive of Islam’s message of tolerance, which invites people to know each other and respect religious and ethnic diversity, rejecting all forms of extremism, a scourge that must be fought by giving religion its rightful place in education,” said Othman Altwaijri.
He also commended the King’s warning to young people against radicalization, and his stressing that what all terrorists have in common is not religion, but rather ignorance of religion.