Austria approves Saudi-backed inter-religious centre

6th July 2012, Comments 0 comments

The Austrian parliament approved Friday the establishment in Vienna of a controversial centre for inter-religious dialogue funded by Saudi Arabia.

Austria, Spain and Saudi Arabia signed a deal in October to set up the centre, to be named after Saudi King Abdullah.

The Greens voted against the move, criticising the creation of such a centre by a country that does not respect human rights and religious freedoms, while the far-right Freedom Party called for its name to be changed.

The centre was due to open its doors in mid-2012 but no specific date is known.

© 2012 AFP

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