Date: December 15, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou said Dec. 14 that the ROC government is committed to promoting
freedom of religion and enhancing the understanding of Islam in Taiwan.
“The relationship between the ethnic Chinese and Islamic worlds dates back more than 1,300 years,” Ma said. “Although Muslims are a minority group in Taiwan, the government is working tirelessly to safeguard their rights.”
The president made the remarks during the opening ceremony of the 16th General Assembly of the Regional Islamic Dawah Council of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RISEAP) in Taipei City.
Held for the first time in Taiwan, the annual gathering was attended by more than 80 religious leaders and scholars from 23 countries and territories in the region. These included RISEAP President Abdul Taib Mahmud and Deputy President Ridzuan Wu. [FULL STORY]