The grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb, visited Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox cathedral on Saturday to offer greetings to Pope Tawadros II on the occasion of Coptic Easter, which falls on Sunday.
El-Tayyeb affirmed during the visit that Egypt’s values of coexistence reflect the real meanings of religions that have brought peace to their followers, Al-Azhar said in a statement on its official website.
The imam, who was accompanied by a high-level delegation of senior Al-Azhar clerics, said religions are being misused to fuel wars and conflicts around the world, referring to recent deadly attacks targeting mosques and churches in New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
He called on clergymen to promote the correct understanding of religion, which he said would be the only way to confront what he called a “criminal scheme” against humanity.
Easter in the Coptic Orthodox Church falls on Sunday; it was celebrated by Western churches on 21 April.
The day is a public holiday in Egypt - a predominantly Muslim country where Christians make up some 10 percent of the 98 million population.
Muslim and Christian leaders in Egypt often exchange visits on major religious festivals.