Mar 31, 2019 09:52 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Oct 04, 2019 12:00 Asia/Tehran]
  • Al-Quds, a common heritage of all religions: Pope

The Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has said the holy city of al-Quds is the common heritage of all monotheistic religions.

Iran Press/Africa: On the first day of his visit to Morocco, Pope Francis joined the Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, in signing an appeal for al-Quds, calling it the common patrimony of humanity.

According to a Vatican News report, in the document, both sides emphasized on the importance of preserving the holy city of al-Quds as a common heritage for followers of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Stressing defending freedom of conscience and religion, Pope Francis added that it is necessary to confront extremism and radicalism by solidarity among believers.

Meanwhile, the King of Morocco called for preventing extremism through proper education instead of military confrontation.

The Head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State, Pope Francis is in Rabat upon invitation of the king of Morocco, and he is expected to deliver a keynote speech on Sunday.

US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to al-Quds from Tel Aviv in May 2018 delighted Israel, infuriated Palestinians and upset the wider Arab world and many US allies.

After months of global outcry, the US finally moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds in May 2018.

The Zionist regime regards all of al-Quds as its capital, including the eastern sector that it annexed after the 1967 Middle East war, and wants all embassies based there.

The international community has largely rejected Israel's claims to al-Quds, supporting the Palestinian view that eastern al-Quds is the capital of a future independent Palestinian state. 105/211/205


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