Leaders of Christian, Muslim and other religious communities from Iraq, Syria and the larger Middle East region have met at a Saudi-funded centre in Vienna and have denounced all violence in the name of religion.

Religious leaders from Sunni, Shiite, Christian, Mandean, and Yazidi communities across the Middle East jointly issued the Vienna Declaration, "United against Violence in the Name of Religion", at an international conference organized by the KAICIID Dialogue Centre.

This is the first time religious leaders representing so many different religions from a crisis region have come together as one to denounce persecution and killing in the name of religion.

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