On the importance of relations with Vatican, other religions

30/04/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Abdulrahman al-Rashed*): The Pope’s visit to Egypt was preceded by a critical and hostile campaign. People affiliated with political groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood, are behind these campaigns which were aided by ISIS attacks on two Coptic churches earlier this month.  The Pope insisted on visiting Egypt as scheduled despite all threats. Meanwhile, Al-Azhar sheikh also defied threats made against him and against his institution and publicly received his guest. Actually, the message which extremists want to send through this hateful campaign and through explosions is not directed against the Pope or against Egypt’s Copts but against the Egyptian authority and Arab governments which support it. The underlying message the extremists seek to convey is that they are the decision-makers and will confront any foreign relations with entities that are opposed to them…


*Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel.



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