Muslim leaders yesterday welcomed Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s invitation for talks to clear up any misinformation related to the Carnival terror threat.
Imam Nazim Mohammed, of Masjid Umar Ibn Khattab Jamaat in Rio Claro, whose daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren travelled to war torn Iraq in 2015, said the meeting is urgently needed.
“It’s a good idea. It’s the only way we can know what is going on and for the country to return to normalcy because everyone is in a state of fear,” he said.
Pope Francis met briefly today with a delegation of four British Muslim clerics and praised their contribution to dialogue between different faiths and cultures.
“I like to think that the most important job we have to do between us, as humanity, is done with our ears, by listening,” Francis told the four-man group as he greeted them warmly at the Vatican for a private audience.
“The ability to listen is so important. Those who have it speak softly, quietly. Those that don’t talk loudly, shout even.
The Ministry of National Security has started a round-table discussion with local Muslim organisations, with the involvement of the United States Government, to address issues of terrorism.
The representatives met for the first time today, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of National Security.
The following is the statement the Ministry issued today.