Pope Tawadros II, Prince Charles discuss climate change, violence against women: Coptic Orthodox Church

Ahram Online , MENA , Friday 19 Nov 2021

Head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros discussed issues of climate change and violence against women with Britain’s Crown Prince Charles on Thursday in Cairo, the Coptic Church announced.

Pope Tawadros II, Prince Charles
Prince Charles with Head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II in Cairo on Thursday "Photo : Coptic Orthodox Church)

According to the Coptic Orthodox Cultural Centre, Pope Tawadros discussed how the Church prayed for the Nile, better air and crops as well as the international interest in climate change.

The two also discussed violence against women in Egypt and how it is being addressed.

This is the second time Prince has met with Pope Tawadros, the first was in London in May 2017.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker – the Duchess of Cornwall – arrived in Cairo earlier on Thursday for a two day visit.

They were received by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and First Lady Entissar El-Sisi at the Ittihadiya Palace in Heliopolis.

They later also visited the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx.

Britain's Crown Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall also visited Al-Azhar Mosque in Islamic Cairo where they were received by Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb where they discussed enhancing scientific, religious, and cultural ties with the United Kingdom and the Anglican Church.

Meanwhile, Duchess Camilla visited Ezbat Khairallah area in Cairo to follow up on an initiative supervised by the British Council aiming to empower women and youth and improve the lives of needy families.

On Thursday evening, the royal couple attended a reception to celebrate the bond between the UK and Egypt at the Giza Pyramids area’s first restaurant, the 9 Pyramids Lounge.

The reception was attended by top state officials, politicians, artists and public figures, led by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

Initiating his speech at the reception party with the Arabic salute "peace be upon you," Prince Charles spoke about the importance of Egypt, and voiced his pleasure to visit it again 15 years after his last visit.

He also shed light on the importance of protecting the environment, citing ancient Egyptian practices that proved their awareness of the significance of this issue.

He stated that all the three Abrahamic religions urge protection of the environment, adding that this point was the theme of an earlier speech, titled “Islam and the environment,” which he delivered a few years ago at Oxford University.

The crown prince praised Egypt’s eagerness to address climate change.

This is the second visit for the royal couple to Egypt, who last visited the country in 2006.

Earlier in the week, the royal couple visited Jordan as part of the first overseas tour by a senior member of the royal family during the pandemic.

The couple are scheduled to visit Alexandria to further celebrate Egypt’s ancient culture.

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