Call for unity after Muslim talks

Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, tonight met with leaders of the Muslim community in Scotland. He said: “Events last month show the importance of not being divided as a society. Our response is about how you ensure Scotland is held together as a community and as a society. One of the clear objectives of terrorists is to divide communities from each other – to divide them from within.”

Osama Saeed, Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain, believed Scotland could be “a beacon to the world” in Muslim and non-Muslim relations. He said: “I’m sure this meeting would have been taking place anyway, but obviously it has taken on a new light given the events at Glasgow Airport last month. Good community relations do not happen by accident and need to be striven for. We’ll be presenting the work that we’re doing, the executive have their ideas and initiatives, and I’m sure there are many areas where we will work together.”

BBC News, 31 July 2007