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November 14, 2008

Right Honourable Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP
10 Downing Street,

Prime Ministers Speech at UN Interfaith Conference

Saif Ahmad, Chief Exec of Muslim Aid, and Rev. Dr. Sam Dixon, Deputy General Secretary of UMCOR,congratulate The Right Honourable Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP, for his inspiring, historic speech at the UN Interfaith Conference at New York, on the 13th of November. The speech stated the following:

"Secondly, the values of different faiths are already expressed in joint projects and common service. We in Britain have Muslim Aid, collaborating with the United Methodist Committee in America, to respond to the needs of disaster victims in Asia. British Muslims working with American Christians to support Asian neighbors of all faith traditions gives us a glimpse of the potential of faith across our world. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we should also seek shared values through a shared commitment to human rights and fundamental freedom."

On behalf of UMCOR and Muslim Aid, we would like to thank the Prime Minister for his support and commendation of our work, confirming the natural alliance between these two great faiths, in serving humanity. UMCOR and Muslim Aid have worked together in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar, and this partnership heralds a new chapter of global interfaith engagement which will make a true difference towards combating poverty, hunger, depravation and disease. Our rewards are in the faces of those we serve, but the Prime Minister's endorsement will encourage us to even greater efforts.

We would like to accord our due appreciation to our respective Board of Trustees, for their encouragement and support, and our dedicated staff, who have demonstrated the utmost commitment and resilience in upholding this partnerships despite some doubts within our respective communities.

Yours sincerely,