Al-Othaimeen to Pope Tawadros: Egypt is a praiseworthy model of religious coexistence

1/17/2018 - 5:00:00 PM


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he Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen, on 16 January 2018 at the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo met His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark.

Hailing Egypt as a praiseworthy model of religious coexistence, Dr Al-Othaimeen stressed the Organization’s firm and clear stance against terrorism and extremism. He went on, “The OIC has always believed that terrorism and extremism cannot be associated with any religion or identity.”

In addition, Dr Al-Othaimeen explained that the OIC is committed, alongside such institutions as KAICIID, to bringing religions closer together, organizing and taking part in countless conferences on ways to promote interfaith rapprochement. Dialogue and moderation should prevail as a counter discourse to misconceptions about Islam among the youth, he underlined.

Pope Tawadros, concurring with the Secretary General that extremism has no religion, explained that diversity and differences are an enriching component of society. He emphasized that education, particularly at early childhood level, is instrumental in the upbringing of younger generations.