Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb during the meeting with the British Ambassador in Cairo Sir Geoffrey Adams at Al-Azhar headquarters in Cairo (Photo courtesy of Al-Azhar)
The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayyeb received on Friday the British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams to discuss means of enhancing cooperation between the world's leading Sunni Islamic institution and the British government.
Ambassador Adams wished the grand imam and all Muslims greetings on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
Adams affirmed to El-Tayyeb that the British government is keen on increasing cooperation with Al-Azhar in various cultural, religious and scientific fields, expressing his country's aspiration to benefit from Al-Azhar as the most trusted Islamic reference in British society.
El-Tayyeb said that Al-Azhar is keen on helping its students learn other languages, and providing them with the opportunity to interact with different cultures and civilisations, inorder to convey the message of Al-Azhar to the whole world.
The grand imam said he welcomes cooperation with British cultural and educational institutions, stressing that Al-Azhar opens its doors to all races and cultures.
El-Tayyeb affirmed Al-Azhar’s readiness of to receive Muslim imams from Britain to train them on confronting radical and terrorist ideas and spreading the culture of peace and coexistence in their society.