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Isfahan, Tehran, Asharq Al-Awsat- A two-day conference titled “Constructive Religious Dialogue – Framework for World Order” was opened today in Isfahan, central Iran, according to report by the Associate Press.

The conference, attended by more than 200 religious scholars from almost 40 countries, including Iran, was organized to reach an international condemnation on the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be on him, deemed by Muslims worldwide as insulting.

“The main aim of the conference is to approve the necessity of an internationally acknowledged convention for respecting all religions and their prophets and sanctities,” conference chairman Mahmoud Mohammedi-Araqi said.

“Avoiding further insults against religions and prophets will not only help a better understanding between different religions but also secure global peace,” said Mohammedi-Araqi, who is also head of the Organization for Islamic Culture and Communication.

The cartoons, initially published in January by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and carried last month by several Western newspapers, led to fury and violent demonstrations in several Islamic countries, including Iran.

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