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         6 December 2002

On 13 December, the United Nations University (UNU) will host an international symposium on "Islam: Fostering Peace and Dialogue in an Interdependent World" from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the U Thant International Conference Hall at UN House in Tokyo. This international symposium, which is being jointly organized by UNU and the Ambassadors to Japan of the member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), is intended to deepen mutual understanding of Islam and other religions and to promote stronger relations of friendship and cooperation between Japan and the Muslim world.

The symposium will open with a keynote speech by His Excellency Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia. Following a question and answer session with the Prime Minister, there will be a 90-minute panel discussion by discussion coordinator Professor Moustapha Cissť, Honorary Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal; Shaikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al Ashaikh, Minister for Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Dawa & Guidance of Saudi Arabia; Professor Heita Kawakatsu of the International Research Centre for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan; and Professor Akira Goto of Toyo University, Japan. These panelists will discuss their insights and views on exchange and interaction between the Muslim world and other countries, focusing in particular on past and present channels of exchange between Muslim countries and Japan as well as on issues of philosophy and values common to both cultural spheres.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. Simultaneous Japanese-English-French interpretation will be available. A programme of the symposium is attached for your reference.

The symposium is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan Ruling Parties Parliamentary League for Islam.

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