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Dalai Lama calls for ‘dialogue’ with ISIS

Tibetian spiritual leaders says Islam is ‘a religion of peace,’ urges ‘dialogue’ with jihadist killers.


The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group harms Islam through its intolerance, but “dialogue” with the jihadists 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 IS 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 US-led coalition and Russia have vowed to crush ISIS, also known as IS, ISIL or Daesh, which has carried


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