(Ikhlas Norani) The Archbishop of Canterbury Justine Welby has stated in an interview conducted by Biladi Radio that religious coexistence is important, while his recent
visit to Sudan he has stressed on honesty and respect.
He appreciated the daily life of Sudanese grassroots saying “in Sudan we see at the grassroots, families and many communities they live well with respecting differences”. The Archbishop revealed that he discussed issues of honesty and respect in meetings. In the meetings we have had here, we have been very honest about where we agree and where we disagree between faith communities Muslims and Christians” added that said the Archbishop who assured that “Coexistence” is not built on “pretending” it builds on “recognition” in learning to live well with differences.
As regard to his visit to South Kordofan state, he addressed refugees and IDPs in camps and urged all to reconcile, He confirmed his support to permanent peace, during his speech he focused on three things.
“First I called on those who are involved in the fighting to put the people at the head of their personnel interests and to seek the good of the people who are suffering from the fighting, I think specially talking to the groups that have been fighting and now divisions among themselves, secondly, they must seek “reconciliation” which is found in sacrificing” continued the Archbishop.
In his third point he stated that “reconciliation” sometimes needs help. It is the role of both leaders and the people. He appealed those who are outside to come alongside the people and to enable them to see how people can make peace “there is no reconciliation without having to give something out”.
While he was addressing people he indicated to peace process “I think it is clear that many communities are supporting the peace process in South Sudan and also in Sudan.
He appealed to US to support peace “I think it is essential that countries like US which have great influence must promoting peace, and don’t neglect this area” can help hunger, weak, power people as well as women and children, so international community should help and assist.
Also he hailed the way Sudan welcomed refugees from South Sudan and its good treatment of IDPS saying “one of the impressive things, wonderful and main challenges to the rest of the world is the way that Sudan opened its doors to host the refugees and IDPs “That is one of the wonderful indications of the humanity of Sudanese people” and the very important thing is that the world should “recognize” the sacrifice that Sudan making for the refugees.
In terms of religious coexistence he inaugurated a new church in Khartoum and commenting on that “There are 39 provinces that represent the Anglican community, and they are all equal, it is like children in our families, when they children you look after them, when they grown up make their own decisions.
“The province of Sudan is “autonomous” makes its own decisions, it seeks a vision from the government to safe faithfully and to safe the people of the country, it is a part of great family around the world which is equal to other members and contributes its experience and knowledge, it is a part of us in the whole worldwide Anglican community.
He outlined that his visit focused on peace stability and religious coexistence adding peace stability has been discussed with government members “not fully achieved” but “it is better than it has been in the past”. He advised for “going farther than our duty” he urged for leaders to be patient for those who are struggling.
He continued to confirm that peace is essential for development, economy, for the power to find support and for refugees to return home.
To create a religious coexistence he appealed for the respect of each other. it is never easy, never has been, we need to keep making the efforts to live together well and it is also “day-to-day experience” and it is a challenge to all communities and countries.
He has sent messages to his followers in Sudan through the interview “We pray for you, we will and support and remember you”.
He disclosed that in his meeting with government he discussed the issue of religious existence in Sudan saying “I went up to the mosque during Ramadan and attend Iftar with Muslims and they were sad with and gave them my sincere sympathy condolences and for those who were attacked. They suffered and they seek peace and persuasion, we need little things of life, ability of worship and building churches and mosques gently and respectfully.