Inter-Religious Council of Albania expresses “deep concern for the situation … these days in the Middle East region, and in special way the criminal persecution followed by ISIS… against the local Christian population, even also toward the muslims and other minorities in a ruthless manner…”

In a statement of 10 August the Inter-Religious Council of Albania: “strongly denounce such criminal acts that have nothing in common with the basic principles of our faiths. … We pray to God, who has created all of us, to return peace and dignity to those areas. In the name of God, we ask to lower your arms, and to seek peace and coexistance.”

The statement further calls upon the International Community to find solutions to the acute and serious situation for religious communities in Mosul and surrounding areas. The right to freely hold a religious belief should be respected in Iraq as it is in Albania the religious leaders of Muslim Community , Orthodox Autocephalous Church, Catholic Church in Albania and World Bektashi Center in Albania, and supported by Albanian Evangelical Alliance expressed.

ECRL supports the spirit of the statement of the Albanian religious leaders, and join them in “express(ing) our solidarity with all of those who are suffering not only in Iraq, but in all other conflict zones in the Middle East.”

The European Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace (ECRL) brings together senior religious leaders from Europe’s historical religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam together with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians.ECRL has participatory status with the Council of Europe. ECRL is one of five regional Interreligious Councils with the Religions for Peace network. Religions for Peace – accredited to the United Nations – is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace since 1970.