set aside (one's) differences

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set aside (one's) differences

Of multiple people or groups of people, to forget about or set aside the things that one argues about, disagrees with, or dislikes about the other side, usually in order to achieve a common goal. It's really remarkable to see the two factions set aside their differences in the name of reclaiming their country as a sovereign state. We'll need to set aside our differences if we hope to establish peace in the region.
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Inured as we have become to the ways of politics, we can still be surprised at the sight of both the majority and minority leaders setting aside differences against a common adversary.
Emotional scenes were witnessed when Maulana Muhammad Ibrahim prayed to the Almighty for forgiveness of sins, freeing country from prevailing chaos, setting aside differences and making Pakistan a strong and stable welfare state with trembling voice and tears in his eyes.
During the meeting, the Kuwaiti delegation stressed Kuwait's view on the necessity of unifying ranks and bringing views closer together as well as working on setting aside differences amongst Arab and Muslim countries in order to help overcome challenges facing the region, the Speaker pointed out.
Earlier, Sharif stressed the need for forging unity among the ranks of nation by setting aside differences in the larger interest of the country.
LAHORE:Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday stressed the need for forging unity among the ranks of nation by setting aside differences in the larger interest of the country.
LAHORE -- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday stressed the need for forging unity among the ranks of nation by setting aside differences in the larger interest of the country.
Like the great day of the Triumph of Makkah, it could only be done by setting aside differences, grievances and disagreements, and following the path of development with comprehensive planning.
PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, setting aside differences with the Chaudhrys, has tasked senior party leader Ayaz Sadiq with contacting the PML-Q leaders.
Standing before a serene seascape painting, he hailed the bloc's guiding "Shanghai spirit", which "focuses on seeking common ground while setting aside differences and pursuing mutually beneficial cooperation."
"We should enhance mutual understanding by putting ourselves in others' positions and boost harmony and unity by seeking common ground and setting aside differences."
"All those who recognise in themselves the message we sent out from Rome, that by working together and setting aside differences sport can repair its reputation and regain peoples trust," Frattini added.
Abadi said during a meeting at his office today with head of the National Coalition, Iyad Allawi, according to a statement by the media office "on the importance of setting aside differences and to resort to dialogue to resolve the outstanding issues of the functioning of the country to safety.
SETTING aside differences, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A December meeting between Erdogan and Putin in Ankara saw the two presidents, much compared, setting aside differences and pledging greater cooperation and trade.