King Abdullah II of Jordan awarded St. Andrews international prize
Moscow, May 11, Interfax - The St. Andrew the-First-Called international prize Dialogue of Civilizations will be presented on May 15 at the capital of Jordan to King Abdullah II in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the consolidation of accord between civilizations.
A Russian delegation led by Vladimir Yakunin, president of the Russian Railways Ltd who is also chairman of St. Andrew Foundation Patrons Council and cochairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations forum, will go to Amman for the occasion.
The delegation will include Oleg Atkov, Russian Railways Ltd. vice-president, Valery Bogomolov, United Russia parliamentary faction first deputy head, Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky, Russian Foreign Office special envoy Veniamin Popov, Senator Sergey Scheblygin, St. Andrew Foundation president, and Metropolitan Vladimir of Tashkent and Central Asia. During their stay in Jordan, the Russian delegation will conduct a round-table conference on Muslim-Christian dialogue.
The St. Andrew Prize was established in 1992 on the initiative of prominent public and religious leaders and renowned scholars and artists. Having as its motto For faith and faithfulness, the prize is awarded for services rendered to the consolidation of Russian statehood, Russias international authority and union of states friendly to Russia.
The prize acquired international status in 2002. It is also awarded in the Dialogue of Civilizations nomination in recognition of a prizewinners indisputable contribution to the development of dialogue between civilizations.
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