LDS, Islamic leaders share relief efforts

From assistance provided in the wake of the devastating December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to the emergency relief responses following the May 2006 Indonesian earthquake, the LDS Church and Islamic Relief have proved to be provident partners.

Such successes of past partnerships, as well as shared principles to care for the poor and needy, have The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Islamic Relief USA looking forward to long-lasting associations.

"One hand cannot clap by itself — you've got to have a good partnership," said Diana Sufian, a senior humanitarian consultant for Islamic Relief.

Sufian joined Islamic Relief USA founder and senior advisor Ahmad El Bendary and chief operating officer Abed Ayoub in Salt Lake City last week at the invitation of the LDS Church, touring facilities and visiting with church leaders.

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