World Dignitaries Open International Conference On Religion

Tehran, Iran - World dignitaries opened international conference on 'Religion in Modern World' in Tehran on Monday, Iranian news agency, IRNA, reported.

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, former Norwegian prime minister Bondevick, former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi, former French prime minister Lionel Jospin, former Swiss president Joseph Deiss, former Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio, former Irish president Mary Robinson, former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga and former UNESCO director general Federico Mayor as well as several other scholars are ALSO attending the two-day conference.

The conference will address the issue of how religious and political leaders can cooperate to promote peace by protecting human rights, moral and religious values, diversity and coexistence in pluralistic, modern societies.

Former president Mohammad Khatami addressed the inaugural session of the conference on Monday morning.

Sampaio, UN high representative for Alliance of Civilizations, will also address the conference organised by Khatami.