‘There is no other way’: Dalai Lama calls for dialogue with ISIS

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‘There has to be dialogue, with ISIS as well,’ the Tibetan spiritual leader said


The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) harms Islam through its intolerance, but “dialogue” with the militants is vital, the Dalai Lama said in an interview reported on Monday by the Italian daily La Stampa.

“Islam is a religion of peace. Those who are intolerant harm their own faith and their own brothers,” the Tibetan spiritual leader was quoted as saying in Bangalore, southern India, where he took part in a seminar on peace and the economy.

Even so, “there has to be dialogue, with ISIS as well,” the Dalai Lama said, in remarks reported in Italian.

Asked how this should be achieved, he replied, “Through dialogue. One has to listen, to understand, to have respect for the other person, regardless. There is no other way.”

A U.S.-led coalition and Russia have vowed to crush ISIS, which monitors say has carried out executions, abductions and rapes in areas under its control in Iraq and Syria, and conducted a wave of terror operations abroad.


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