Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann called for peace and tolerance after meeting religious leaders on Monday amid mounting tensions highlighted by an attack against an Israeli football team last month.

"Only the community can prevent a spiral of violence," Chancellor Werner Faymann told reporters after inviting leaders of Austria's 16 officially recognised faiths to the chancellery for a one and a half hour meeting.

Representatives from Christian churches, the Islamic community and the Jewish community joined Faymann.

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