Nick Clegg, British Deputy Prime Minister

Conference, Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. I am delighted to have the opportunity to send this message to you today. We’re not living in easy times, troubles in the economy, over the summer riots on our streets, continued upheaval across the Arab world. Events that history shows can lead to tensions within our own society. That can create fertile ground for those wishing to spread hate and extremism.

So your conference today is even more important than usual. Coming together to talk openly and candidly about the issues that can divide people but crucially the values that unite us too, tolerance, human rights, peace, and belief in opportunity for all, a faith in young people and their potential to learn from our mistakes, from the mistakes of the past, to help tackle discrimination and prejudice, building communities that are strong, where we take on our problems together.

I want to congratulate you on being granted special consultative status by the United Nations, it’s a huge honour, one you richly deserve and one that gives an even louder voice in the world. Today I hope you take time to celebrate that success and I wish you all the best not just for the conference but for the future too. Thank you.

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