Appeal for dialogue
The signatories said that they appreciated the pope’s assurance that the words of the emperor cited did not reflect his personal opinion.
They said that by following the Quranic precept of debating 'in the fairest way" they hoped to reach out so as to increase mutual understanding, reestablish trust, calm the situation for the sake of peace and preserve Muslim dignity.
Following the handing in of the letter, Khan said: "The aim of this letter was to address the pope’s speech in an appropriate manner.
“We haven’t had any response from the Vatican yet … they have to make their own deliberations and then respond to the letter in due course, the important thing is that a constructive dialogue has been started.”