Foster culture of dialogue to build a peaceful, prosperous society

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  • Myanmar presents a rich tapestry of different people, languages, and religions, woven on the backdrop of vast natural potential. We are working on bringing out the beauty of our diversity and making it our strength by protecting rights, fostering tolerance, and ensuring security of all.
    Today, we are facing many challenges and each challenge calls for strength, patience, and courage.
    To overcome the challenges, we need to establish mutual understanding and respect between different religions and diverse people.
    Only then can we reach our goal of a peaceful, secure, and flourishing human society.
    All religions have teachings, instructions, and guidelines that are beneficial for human society and peace. Religions promote justice, human culture, and human dignity. Religious teachings make people mature and kind and give them peace.
    Today’s religious leaders are following the teachings of their religion and striving towards establishing a harmonious and peaceful human society, and developing and strengthening world peace and security.
    It was encouraging to see representatives from the Interfaith Friendship and Unity Group (Myanmar) gathered in Nay Pyi Taw over the last two days to seek ways to overcome difficulties faced in the democratic transition, eliminate conflicts and achieve peace, and establish an open door economic system based on duty and responsibility of the international society.
    The human society is threatened by acts of terrorism from extremist religious groups and is suffering from wars, conflicts, and climate change.
    The Nay Pyi Taw forum also examined the responsibility and power to provide benefit by the belief, ethics, and social and cultural guidelines of each religion in Myanmar.
    We need to foster such intercultural interaction in order to build a harmonious and peaceful society.
    We would like to urge everyone to cooperate in nation-building works, in accordance with the teachings of their respective religions and practice mutual understanding to prevent outbreaks of religious conflicts, in order to establish a stable and peaceful social life in Myanmar, where many people from diverse religions live. We must also provide assistance, care, and rehabilitation to those affected by conflicts.
    The road to peace is not always smooth, but it is the only way that will lead our people to their dream of a just and prosperous land, which will be their refuge, their pride, their joy.
    Each age in the life of a nation brings its own responsibilities, just like a people have to bear the legacies of their collective past.
    The road ahead is long, but we will walk on it with confidence, trusting in the power of peace, love, and joy.
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