President Abdel Fattah El Sisi voiced on Sunday Egypt’s keenness on promoting the values of co-existence and freedom of religion among all Egyptians.
During a meeting with Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches Cardinal Leonardo Sandri in Cairo, the President stressed the importance of understanding the nature of culture in the Middle East region, which has its own characteristics and principles.
During the meeting, President El-Sisi asked the cardinal to convey his greetings to Pope Francis of the Vatican, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.
The President also hailed relations between Egypt and the Vatican over the past period, casting light on a document on human fraternity that was signed by Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El Tayyeb and Pope Francis in the UAE last month.
Egypt and the Vatican have a wide range of cooperation in the field of promoting principles of moderation and rejecting violence and extremism, adding that the Egyptian state will continue to make sure that all citizens enjoy the principles of citizenship and freedom of religion.
Cardinal Sandri, for his part, voiced appreciation of the Egyptian leadership and government, adding that the Vatican is keen on boosting aspects of cooperation with Egypt in a manner that fosters the culture of dialogue, coexistence, peace and dialogue among religions.
The two sides reiterated the need for supporting the role played by media in promoting the values of coexistence and tolerance among all peoples.
The cardinal also praised the opening of the Nativity of the Christ Cathedral along with Al Fattah Aleem Mosque in the New Administrative Capital, saying that this step sends a message of love and peace for the whole world and reflects the political will to consolidate the concepts of citizenship, tolerance and coexistence among all Egyptians.