Germany's foreign minister has called on religious dignitaries and scholars from around the world to play a more active role in promoting peace.

Addressing representatives of various religions from 53 countries at an international conference in Berlin on Monday, Sigmar Gabriel underlined that religious dignitaries and scholars had the potential for supporting peace.

"The goal of all religions, at least according to the holy books, is to build peace. I do not know any religious community that doesn't have this goal in their holy books," he told around a hundred religious representatives, who gathered in Berlin for a two-day conference, at the invitation of the German Foreign Ministry.

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