Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called for spreading peace, upholding the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence, and rejecting all forms of violence and extremism that have claimed the lives of many in a post on his official social media accounts on Thursday.
In a message on the International Day of Human Fraternity which falls on 4 February, El-Sisi assured that religious institutions and leaders in Egypt are exerting their best to promote dialogue between followers of the different faiths and to raise awareness of common human values.
The occasion reminds us of the importance of holding dialogue to understand and accept the other and strengthening cooperation to reject fanaticism and fight against hate speech, as well as spread the values of tolerance, justice, and equality to achieve peace and stability, El-Sisi wrote.
"We always strive to consolidate the foundations of brotherhood among members of society as a single national fabric, enjoying all their rights without discrimination," he added.
Egypt addresses calls of hatred and incitement to violence, El-Sisi stressed in his message.
The occasion dates back to the signing of the Document of Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together between Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on 4 February 2019.
In December 2020, the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved an Egypt-backed resolution to declare 4 February as the International Day of Human Fraternity starting 2021.
The resolution was introduced by 34 UN member states, including Egypt, the UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.