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Middle East's Muslim clerics to embrace Christians



 Pope Francis (L) shakes hands with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb (R), the grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque. in Abu Dhabi (February 4, 2019) Image copyright </span><br />
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Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb signed a "document on human fraternity"
                

Sunni Islam's head of learning has urged the Middle East's Muslims to "embrace" local Christians.

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar in Egypt, customs an interfaith meeting in Abu Dhabi attended by Pope Francis that Christians were "our companions".

He also wrote on Muslims in the West to integrate into their communities while maintaining their identities.

In his speech, Pope Francis called for a halt in the Middle East.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church, who is on his first official visit to the Arabian peninsula, said the "fateful consequences" of violence could be seen in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya.

intervention in the conflict in Yemen has helped trigger the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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Sheikh Ahmed and Pope Francis are summoned to religious representatives at the Abu Dhabi Founder's Memorial on Monday night after signing a "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together".

rliest opportunity to stop the shedding of innocent blood and bring an end to wars, conflicts, environmental decay and the moral and cultural decline of the world is experiencing ". It also includes a strong condemnation of those using God's name to justify violence . "God, the Almighty, has to be defended by anyone and does not want to be used to terrorist people," the states.

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1; and members of other religious minorities in countries across the Middle East in recent years.
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Sheikh Ahmed and Pope Francis are meeting at the Abu Dhabi. Founder's Memorial
                

In his speech, Sheikh Ahmed first addressed his fellow Muslims in the region.

"My message to you is: 'Embrace your Christian brothers and sisters. They are companions in the state. They are close to us. he said.

He then turned to Middle Eastern Christians and said: "I'd rather not use the term 'minority'.

" You're not a minority . You are citizens in every sense. Let's put aside that term. You are citizens with full rights. Our bond represents the rock against which all plots that try to divide us will break. "

you have any problems regarding your religion in the countries you find yourselves, [in]you need to speak to your religious leaders and resolve them that way. " at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.


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