Wilton Park dialogues on Inclusive Citizenship

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A recent series of Wilton Park Dialogues, in partnership with The Forum for Promoting
Peace in Muslim Societies and the Rashad Centre for Cultural Governance of the Adyan
Foundation, has been exploring the concept of Inclusive Citizenship in the Arab world as
a means of promoting peace in the region.

This was in response to the recommendations of a Wilton Park meeting in Frascati, Italy in
2018, held in partnership with The British Embassy to the Holy See, the Pontifical Council
for Interreligious Dialogue and the Adyan Foundation on how policy makers and religious
leaders in the Middle East could work together to combat violent extremism.

At this meeting, religious leaders and British ambassadors from the Middle East agreed
that inclusive citizenship was critical to promote peace and co-existence in the region to
provide an alternative narrative to Daesh’s exclusive narrative and to help address the
root causes of violent extremism. In response, it was agreed that Wilton Park should
facilitate discussion on the development of a new framework for citizens and members
of different religious groups to live together as equal citizens, respecting each other’s
rights and existence.

Three Dialogues were held on this theme – in November 2018 in Abu Dhabi, in March 2019
in the United Kingdom and in September 2019, again in Abu Dhabi. Three further virtual
dialogues took place in June and October 2020 and in June 2021.

Major local and international faith-based organizations, as well as senior experts from
different religious and cultural backgrounds, joined the Dialogues to develop a vision of
Inclusive Citizenship as a framework which captures and promotes a new interfaith
rooted model for peace and coexistence in the region. This was a unique Consortium
representing the diversity of religious traditions, united in their aim of promoting peace.

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