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A new Saudi-funded, Europe-based center for interreligious dialogue will be "a good medium to spread the message of Islam," says the government-appointed imam of Mecca's Grand Mosque – a man who has stoked controversy in the past by calling Jews "monkeys and pigs" and Christians "cross worshippers."

"The formation of this center in the West with King Abdullah's support gives a strong message that Islam is a religion of dialogue and understanding and not a religion of enmity, fanaticism and violence," the International Islamic News Agency quoted Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais as saying.

Sudais was reacting to the launch Monday of the new King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in the Austrian capital, Vienna.


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