Pope Francis and Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al – Tayeb have made a pledge to work together to fight extremism.

In the first ever, three day papal visit to the Arabian peninsula, the two signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races, in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths.

The declaration read in part “We resolutely declare that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood.”

Pope Francis also specifically called for an end to wars in the Middle East mentioning Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.