The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam has received His Excellency Jorge Rodríguez, the Minister of Communications of the Republic of Costa Rica, at the council’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The meeting discussed ways to enhance mutual cooperation and emphasize the media’s role in promoting the values of dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence. Also in attendance was Francisco J. Chacón Hernández, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica in the United Arab Emirates and Dean of the GRULAC (Group of Latin America and the Caribbean).
During the meeting, the Costa Rican Minister of Communications expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Muslim Council of Elders, under the chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. He also praised the historical friendship between His Eminence the Grand Imam and His Holiness Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, which culminated in the co-signing of the Document on Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi in 2019. The Minister further expressed his nation’s eagerness to enhance cooperation with the Muslim Council of Elders in various initiatives and activities of mutual interest and also commended the Abu Dhabi Interfaith Statement on Climate Change and the upcoming Faith Pavilion at COP28.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders welcomed the Costa Rican Minister of Communications and highlighted the council’s interest in strengthening collaboration with Latin American nations. He also commended Costa Rica’s model in promoting coexistence and the positive role of women in achieving progress and development. The Secretary-General affirmed that the council has numerous initiatives aimed at promoting the role of media in spreading the values of human fraternity and explained that the upcoming period will witness further collaboration between the Muslim Council of Elders and Costa Rica in areas related to peace promotion and the role of religions in addressing global challenges, with a particular focus on climate change.
The Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders also congratulated the President of Costa Rica, H.E. Dr. Rodrigo Chaves, for his committed leadership for peace, the achievement of inclusive economic sustainability for his people and the empowerment of women in all endeavors of life.