Al-Azhar's Grand Imam insists on Vatican’s apology

Ahram Online, Tuesday 12 Apr 2011

Egypt's preeminent Islamic authority renews its calls on the Vatican to apologise for insults to Islam and its followers before official relations can be normalised

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayeb, renewed his call to the Vatican’s head, Pope Benedict XVI, to officially apologise for insulting Islam, confirming that such an apology is a basic condition for the resumption of interfaith dialogue between the two religious authorities.

El-Tayeb who today unofficially received Michael Girard, the Vatican’s ambassador to Cairo, refused to resume relations between Al-Azhar and the Vatican unless the Pope gives a clear apology for insulting Islam and Muslims as well. The Grand Imam stressed that relations between the two faiths are normal but that official relations between Al-Azhar and the Vatican are currently frozen.

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