Tehran (IP) - In a speech, the Chairman of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) Director Abuzar Ebrahimi Turkman called the dialogue an important element for using rationality and avoiding violence and said: "Rationality and moderation are the two main characteristics of religions and the West is the source of religious extremism."

Iran PressIran News: Abuzar Ebrahimi-Turkman, the head of ICRO, in his speech at the webinar '25 years of dialogue and cooperation, the current situation and prospects', said: "Religious extremism and denigrating religions and attacking the sacred religion, and places and spreading hatred, which unfortunately we see today in some countries, especially France, are a pair of scissors which are trying to eradicate religion."

"Dialogue is an important element in using rationality and avoiding violence," he said at the webinar, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the dialogue between the Center for the Dialogue of Religions and Cultures and the World Council of Churches.

"Dialogues to find solutions to the crises and problems facing humanity can provide an effective perspective. A vision that brings humanity closer to peace and isolates enmity and enmity among humanity," he added.

"Extremism and the tendency to violence, which means eliminating others, have never been accepted in Islam and Christianity," Turkman said, noting that a religion that calls for rationality first closes the way to violence.

He welcomed the drafting of a joint document by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) of the Vatican, entitled 'Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity: A Christian Call to Reflection and Action During COVID-19 and Beyond'.

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