News

Egypt’s President Sisi Meets Greek Catholic Patriarch, Discusses Religious Tolerance

Egypt’s President Sisi Meets Greek Catholic Patriarch, Discusses Religious Tolerance

6b576bc3-745b-4c76-867b-e9c39a7893a5 (1)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held talks with Gregorios II Laham, the Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, stressing that Islam has no place for terrorism.

In a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis with the Catholic Patriarch and other church officials, President Sisi discussed the importance of ensuring religious tolerance and the cooperation of different religions.

“The teachings of Islam call for righteousness, piety, and staying away from sin and aggression in addition to the good treatment of those who belong to the Semitic religions,” said President Sisi during the meeting, according to Egyptian Presidency spokesperson Alaa Youssef.

On his part, Gregorios, who is of Syrian background, emphasized the importance of promoting interfaith dialogue and of reaching a peaceful solution to conflicts in Syria and across the Middle East.

The meeting comes as President Sisi renewed calls for reform in Islamic discourse. President Sisi has been keen to promote tolerance of different beliefs and religions, said Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef.

Christians in Egypt form approximately 10 percent of the population, with an estimated 500,000 Catholics in the country. Coptic Christians constitute the largest percentage of Egypt’s Christian minority and are set to celebrate Christmas on 7 January.

Egypt to Receive $US 3 Billion from Saudi Arabia to Develop the Sinai, Finance Oil Purchases
Bahrain Expels Iranian Diplomats, Breaks off All Diplomatic Ties

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt’s Christians Live in Good Conditions, Freely Exercise Rituals: Angela Merkel

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 27, 2017

Egypt Parliament Rejects Calls to Abolish Death Penalty

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 27, 2017

Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali Becomes First Muslim Actor Ever to Win an Oscar

Aya NaderFebruary 27, 2017

Egyptian MP Files Motion to Extend Presidential Terms from 4 to 6 Years

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 26, 2017

700 Sentenced to Year in Prison in ‘Rabaa Dispersal’ Case for ‘Insulting Judicial System’

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 26, 2017

British Foreign Minister Visits Egypt Amid Calls to Shed Light on Human Rights Situation

Seif GhallabFebruary 25, 2017

More than 300 Coptic Christians Flee Egypt’s North Sinai

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 25, 2017

Tourists Visiting Egypt Face Increased Visa Fees

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 25, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.