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2018 South China Sea Buddhism Shenzhen Roundtable opens

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KATHMANDU— The 2018 South China Sea Buddhism Shenzhen Roundtable was started in Chinese city of Shenzhen on Thursday.

Organized around the theme of ‘Welcome the Contributions of all Parties and Build a Common Future’, the Roundtable witnessed participation of eminent monks, government officials and members of friendship associations from 12 countries and regions including Nepal and others.

According to the organizer, the speakers delivered their speeches on promotion of regional Buddhist cultural exchanges and the safeguarding of peace.
In his message to the conference, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that Buddhism has long helped build a bridge of communication between Nepal and China since ancient times.

Given the long-lasting and ongoing friendship between the two nations, the relations will grow in significance in future years.

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Likewise, Vice Chairman of Lumbini Development Trust Metteyya Sakyaputta said that the sole purpose of the noble teachings of the Buddha is to alleviate the suffering of all sentient beings and create a better world for both mankind and nature.

The teachings of the Buddha are particularly salient today as the world is faced with unprecedented challenges, he said.

The gathering of leaders of Buddhist communities in the South China Sea region at the Roundtable will help to promote regional peace and stability under this opportunity, Vice Chairman Sakyaputta opined.
Similarly, Vice Chairman of the Buddhist Association of China, abbot of Shenzhen Hongfa Temple and convener of the Roundtable Yin Shun delivered a keynote speech proposing a number of initiatives aimed at promoting Buddhist exchanges in the South China Sea.

After deliberations during the Roundtable and on the basis of past consensus, eminent monks from ten countries jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding of the 2018 South China Sea Buddhism Shenzhen Roundtable in six areas of consensus, including the joint writing of meditation manuals, the conduct of seminars on temple management and the establishment of a mechanism concerning the rotation of the host state for the Roundtable beginning from 2019.

 

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Jamal Khashoggi murder tapes were ‘shared’ with multiple countries : Turkey

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ISTANBUL — Turkey has shared recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, seeking to maintain international pressure on Riyadh over the killing of Khashoggi.

Erdogan,in the first public acknowledgement of the existence of tapes of the slaying, has said that officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

President Erdogan also told reporters that Saudi Arabia had to act fairly and disclose those responsible for the killing of The Washington Post journalist to rid itself of ‘suspicion’.

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“We gave them the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them,” Mr Erdogan said.

Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate last month in a hit which Erdogan says was ordered at the “highest levels” of the Saudi government.

His killing provoked global outrage but little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter and a supporter of Washington’s plans to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.

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