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January 08, 2008

Muslim dialogue with David Miliband

The Muslim News, in conjunction with Labour MP Sadiq Khan, is holding its monthly dialogue between mainly young Muslims and political leaders, on Tuesday with Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

The meeting, at the House of Commons, is focusing on international issues, including whether the government is committed to return to an 'ethical foreign policy' as pledged by Labour shortly after coming to power in 1997. Wide ranging themes being discussed are also on Palestine (post Annapolis), Iraq, Pakistan , Iran, the European Union, Turkey's membership of the EU, Kosova independence, Afghanistan, Darfur, and Climate Change (post Bali talks).

The dialogue is the third to be held since they were initiated at the beginning of the new Parliamentary year in November. In October, meeting was with Tony McNulty, Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office, Dominic Grieve, the Conservative Shadow Attorney General, and Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat’s Shadow Home Secretary before he became party leader.

The second was held with Communities Secretary Hazel Blears, Conservative Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action Shadow Minister, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Andrew Stunell.

The purpose of the panel discussions, according to Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi, who initiated the dialogue, is to “encourage the young Muslims to engage in dialogue with the politicians.”

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, said, “This is the beginning of a mature dialogue between the British Muslims and the country’s leading politicians and policy makers.”

As in previous gatherings, over 120 mainly young Muslims are expected to participate in the dialogue with the Foreign Secretary. The proceedings are being chaired by Fatim Kurji Jumabhoy, a barrister at No 5 Chambers (London).

For further information contact us on 020 8863 8586 or 077 68 241 325. Please acknowledge The Muslim News when using the press release

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