US hails UN decision to designate Aug 22 as int’l day

Metro Desk

24 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The United States joined the international community in welcoming the United Nations decision to designate August 22 as the international day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief.

“We recognize the open, constructive, and respectful debate of ideas, as well as interreligious, interfaith, and intercultural dialogue, at the local, national, regional, and international levels, can play a positive role in combating religious hatred, incitement, and violence,” said a US embassy press release.  

The United States resolves to defend and promote religious freedom everywhere.

“We thank the Government of Bangladesh for participating in the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom and view the forum as a catalyst to further dialogue on this important topic around the world,” said the press release.