Egypt President, Lebanese Mufti discuss turmoil in Arab region

Egypt President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Lebanese Mufti Abdul Latif Derian, and Grand Mufti of Egypt Shawqy Allam met on Tuesday to discuss extremist ideologies and the religious relations between Egypt and Lebanon.

During their talks, Al-Sisi pointed out the importance of correcting religious discourse and re-defining the concepts and the deployment of the common values of coexistence and planting them in the hearts of young people.

The Grand Mufti of Lebanon stressed his agreement with Al-Sisi, expressing his interest in creating a religious educational exchange between the two countries, to contribute to the protection of the correct values of Islam and preventing the spread of extremist ideas that evolve into acts of terrorism, claiming the lives of innocent people.

Derian further referred to the acts of terrorism taking place in Sinai, offering his condolences to Al-Sisi and the Egyptian people for the victims of the attack in Al-Arish, which claimed the lives of at least 30 security personnel.

Grand Mufti Allam highlighted the ongoing steps the religious institutions are taking to revise the curriculum in various stages of education, and enrich the Islamic principles of tolerance. He stressed the importance of correcting the false image that some have tried associating with the Islamic religion.

Al-Sisi similarly stressed the pivotal role of religious scholars in the fight against extremist ideology, and spreading Islam’s tolerant values through awareness seminars.

Al-Sisi also stressed the support of Al-Azhar and the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments to the Lebanese Dar al-Fatwa in preparing enlightened religious cadres, which broadcasts the correct values of Islam and beliefs in freedom of worship and belief.

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