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Priest says Islamic foreign ministers opposed to terrorism

A Catholic priest who attended the recent Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers in Qatar said representatives of 57 nations declared themselves in opposition to terrorism.

"They expressed that firstly Islam must be distanced from (those extremists who) use it," said Fr Majdi al-Siryani, legal adviser to the Latin-rite Patriarchate of Jerusalem and a member of the Palestinian delegation.

Fr al-Siryani said that, while participants in last Wednesday's meeting seemed to align themselves with the war against terror, they noted that the war should not be seen as a war of Christianity or the West versus Islam, but one against civilisation.