MAP - Wednesday, April 3rd 2019

Al-Quds Call: EU Recognizes Particular Importance of Holy Places for the Three Monotheistic Religions





Brussels – The European Union "acknowledges the particular importance of the holy places of Jerusalem to the believers of the three monotheistic religions", one of its spokesman told MAP, following the signing last Saturday in Rabat of the “Al-Quds Call” by HM King Mohammed VI and Pope Francis.

“The EU acknowledges the particular importance of the holy places of Jerusalem to the believers of the three monotheistic religions, and is firmly convinced that the status quo of 1967 has to be maintained in accordance with the previous agreements”, stressed the EU spokesperson.

In the “Al-Quds Call”, HM the King and Pope Francis underlined the importance of preserving the Holy City of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Al-Sharif as a shared heritage of humankind and to safeguard it, above all for the believers of the three monotheistic religions, as a symbol of peaceful coexistence and as a meeting place where mutual esteem and dialogue are fostered.

According to the Call, the specific multi-faith character, spiritual dimension and special identity of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Al-Sharif also need to be preserved and enhanced.

HM the king and Pope Francis also expressed hope that “in the Holy City, the followers of the three monotheistic religions will be guaranteed free access to religious sites as well as the right to practice their faith there, so that from Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif, the believers may address a prayer to God, the Creator of all beings, for a future of peace and brotherhood on earth."