The third URI Asia Assembly was held in Sri Lanka on October 5-6, 2018. Over 150 delegates and leaders from all over Asia, representing different cultures, ethnic groups, religions and nationalities, gathered under one roof to celebrate their diversity and their common commitment to peace. The theme of this gathering was “United in Peace: Transcending Boundaries." Assemblies such as this one are great opportunities for URI member groups (Cooperation Circles) to network, learn from each other, and benefit from training on various topics.
The assembly was an important moment in the lives of many participants. "In Pakistan, I am working with Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus, but in Sri Lanka, for the first time I met with Buddhist people. For me, it was a very blessed moment," said Asher Nazir, Executive Secretary of URI Pakistan and Coordinator of COPE Pakistan Cooperation Circle.
"When the people of India said, 'We love you Pakistan,' and the Pakistani people said, 'We love you, India,' that was the real beauty of the assembly," said representatives from Zero Limits, a URI Cooperation Circle in southern India.