House of Lords written question – answered on 7th January 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Her Majesty's Ambassador to Burma has hosted any meetings or conferences of different religious and ethnic groups in order to promote tolerance and understanding.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Our Ambassador to Burma has frequently hosted meetings bringing together leaders of different faiths, including during the visit of the Speaker of the House of Commons in July 2013, when representatives from the Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and Muslim faiths discussed how to promote tolerance and understanding in the country. Our Ambassador and Embassy officials meet regularly with representatives of all faith communities, both in Rangoon and in the wider country. Our Embassy in Burma also frequently hosts meetings with leaders of Burma’s ethnic minority groups, including during the visit of the International Development Committee in November 2013, and on regular visits to ethnic minority states throughout 2013. The UK is also supporting interfaith dialogue to help build trust between communities – for example a project promoting peace building among interfaith youths to encourage reconciliation between communities.

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