Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb in his meeting on Sunday with Korean Ambassador Kim Yonghyon on Sunday. Photo: Embassy of South Korea in Cairo.
According to the Korean Embassy in a Sunday statement, Ambassador Kim expressed his appreciation for Al-Azhar's pivotal role in advancing religious sciences and Islamic affairs as an independent and scholarly Islamic institution.
Recognizing the Grand Imam's significant contributions to Egypt's national and social unity, as well as fostering peaceful coexistence among religions, Ambassador Kim conveyed gratitude for the Grand Imam's efforts in strengthening bilateral relations between Korea and Egypt, particularly in cultural and educational domains.
Sheikh El-Tayeb and Ambassador Kim agreed on the imperative to enhance educational cooperation, including further student exchanges, to foster mutual understanding between Egypt and Korea.
The meeting also addressed the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza, with Ambassador Kim expressing hope for de-escalation and an end to the violence.
The ambassador further announced that the Korean government has contributed $2 million to the Egyptian Red Crescent Society and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
From his side, the Grand Imam emphasized that Al-Azhar is deeply invested in the collective issues of the global Islamic and human community, with the Palestinian cause at the forefront.
He commended the position of free nations, particularly the justice-minded non-Zionist Jews who oppose the oppressive practices of the Zionist entity towards the people of Gaza.
El-Tayeb and Kim both unequivocally rejected aggression against innocent civilians. Additionally, they rejected Israel's targeting of hospitals, churches, homes, and shelters for displaced individuals.