US-Belgian forum promotes Islamic dialogue

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21 November 2005, BRUSSELS — Muslims from the US and Belgium met in Brussels last week to discuss issues such as media, youth, women, civic life and economic opportunity.

21 November 2005

BRUSSELS — Muslims from the US and Belgium met in Brussels last week to discuss issues such as media, youth, women, civic life and economic opportunity.

Sponsored by the American embassy in Brussels and the Belgian Royal Institute for International Relations, the forum was designed to promote dialogue.

Organisers said participation of Muslims in Western societies as well as increased communication and cross-cultural understanding at both domestic and international levels were highly valued and desirable.

"It is in the interest of both the US and Belgium to sustain open communication between the people of our two countries," a US embassy press release said.

The goal of the conference was to create a forum for dialogue in which the participants could share experience, acknowledge challenges and identify good practices for increased participation.

Policy experts and government officials attended the conference along with civic and grass roots activists, imams, social workers, business people, labour leaders, journalists, students, and educators.

About 70 participants from Belgium and 30 from the US attended the two-day event, held on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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