President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Pope Francis at the end of his visit to Egypt
CAIRO- 29 April 2017: Pope Francis' visit to Egypt underlines the importance of continuing peace-building efforts by promoting dialogue between religions, said a Saturday statement by the Egyptian presidency.
“Egyptian presidency expresses its deep appreciation to the His Holiness, and we are willing to continue working with him in order to enhancing peace, tolerance and coexistence between all the peoples and religions in the world,” the statement reads.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was in farewell to the Pope, whose 2-day visit marks the 70th commemoration of establishing diplomatic relationship with Vatican.
During his visit to Cairo to promote dialogue with the Muslim world following recent attacks against the Middle East’s biggest Christian community, Pope Francis denounced violence committed in God’s name.
The Pope delivered a speech on Friday at Al-Azhar International Peace Conference saying, “The future principally relies on the dialogue between all religions.”
He landed in Cairo earlier on Friday before meeting President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and then Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb.