Representatives attending the closing session of the Islamic Parliamentary Conference in Abu Dhabi say that Egypt is an example of genuine coexistence between Muslims and Christians, according to state-supported al-Jumhūrīyah.
The paper says that conference attendees expressed their support for Egypt’s rejection of any interference by Western powers that claim they are protecting Christians in Muslim countries.
People’s Assembly Speaker Ahmad Fathī Surūr announced that the conference had sent a clear message to the Western world regarding the Muslim position on this issue.
Surūr said that the conference’s closing communiqué will be sent to national parliaments around the globe, including the European Parliament.
Last week, the Azhar recalled its ambassador to the Vatican over statements by Pope Benedict calling for the protection of Middle Eastern Christians in light of the recent church attack in Alexandria. The Azhar also announced that it has frozen religious dialogue with the Vatican, saying that the statements represented an interference with internal Egyptian affairs.