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Jordan's King Abdullah II called on Saturday for increased efforts to root out terrorism and extremists threatening Islam and the world, according to the official Petra news agency.
"We must move quickly to uproot terrorism, stop accusations in the name of religion, and harness all efforts to find comprehensive solutions for the problems and challenges facing the Islamic world," Abdullah said in a statement to Islamic judges meeting in Amman.
The statement - read by the monarch's special adviser on religious matters, Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed - criticized extremists who "harm nations and civilization" and urged Muslims to uphold "moderate Islam and fatwas issued by recognized Muslim scholars."
"We in Jordan will advance religious dialogue and strengthen collaboration among Muslims worldwide in order to protect Islam, bring unity and fight differences in the faith," the statement said.
In November 2004, Jordan issued the so-called Amman message, a statement calling for religious tolerance and renunciation of extremism as a reflection of the true spirit of Islam.
The king's statement Saturday said Jordan issued the message because "we felt that the Islamic message of tolerance was being subjected to a fierce and unjust attack from some in the West who do not understand Islam's essence, and others who claim to be associated with Islam and hide behind Islam to commit irresponsible deeds."
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