Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayyeb. El-Tayyeb's official Facebook account
A Russian invasion of Ukraine has continued for the third day with heavy fighting in Kyiv outskirts. The conflict has claimed the lives of 198 Ukrainians, according to the Ukrainian health ministry, and caused tens of thousands of residents to flee from the country.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, El-Tayyeb called for Russia and Ukraine to “refer to the voice of reason,” saying conflicts can only be settled through dialogue.
“Wars will only bring more killing, destruction and hatred to our world,” El-Tayyeb added.
Egypt has affirmed on Thursday evening the importance of upholding dialogue and diplomatic solutions, as well as endeavours that would hasten a political settlement to the Ukrainian crisis, according to a statement by the foreign ministry.