US-Indonesia to hold interfaith meeting in Jakarta



US-Indonesia to hold interfaith meeting in Jakarta Washington: The United States, along with Indonesia, will hold an interfaith meet in Jakarta with an aim to bridge gap between the people and seek opportunities to work together to address challenges of community development in the region.

Top religious leaders from the US, Indonesia and those from the neighbouring Asian countries would participate in the event, the State Department said.

"Participants would focus on sharing best practises and enhancing collaboration in areas of poverty alleviation, education, environmental protection, and local governance," it said, referring to President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo.

Obama, in his speech, had said that around the world, we can turn dialogue into interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action.

"The working conference was being generously hosted by the Republic of Indonesia, and would be facilitated by the international non-governmental organisation 'Religions for Peace'. This would open the way for new working partnerships between faith groups and civic leaders in South-East Asia," the State Department said.

Participants would seek opportunities to work together to address challenges of community development in the region, it said, adding events to inaugurate interfaith working groups in other regions of the world were also being planned.

PTI