Azara Blog: Religious leaders call for debt relief

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Date published: 2005/06/28

The BBC says:

Leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths have urged Tony Blair to play "the fullest part" in helping the world's poorest countries. The prime minister must use the UK's G8 presidency to help "halve extreme poverty", they say in a letter.

The G8 leaders must cancel the debt of the poorest nations, they add.

The letter is from by the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster, the Chief Rabbi, the Council of Mosques and Imams chair and the Free Churches head.

It marks the first time they have spoken together publicly since their joint statement calling for peace in March 2003 ahead of the Iraq War.

Well nobody pays much attention to what religious leaders say. And the Christian churches in particular can make a big difference by selling all their own assets and handing over the proceeds to the poorest nations, but of course that is not what they have in mind.

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