Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has told attendees of the Islamic Society of North America's annual convention in Detroit that he supports the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Muslims in the Middle East.

The Republican governor spoke Friday during the opening session of the four-day conference at Cobo Center. The society is among America's leading Muslim groups.

Snyder added he believes in Israel's right to exist. Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to address the convention Saturday afternoon about the need for religious communities to tackle discrimination and violence against women and girls worldwide.