President Anwar Sadat has been meeting religious leaders to discuss ways of avoiding clashes between Egypt's different religious communities.
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Background: President Anwar Sadat has been meeting religious leaders to discuss ways of avoiding clashes between Egypt's different religious communities.
There was trouble recently between Coptic Christians and Moslems in the town of Kanka, and the President immediately appointed a Parliamentary Committee to investigate. He is now studying its report, and on Wednesday (27 December) visited the Moslem and Coptic leaders to discuss the implications.
SYNOPSIS: The Al Azhar mosque in Cairo was the scene of an important visit by President Sadat on Wednesday. The President was there to meet the Grand Imam, Dr. Mohamed El Fahham, who is leader of Egypt's Moslem community. He wanted to discuss ways of avoiding a repetition of recent clashes between Moslems and members of Egypt's Coptic Christian community.
After trouble in the town of Kanka, when members of the two religions ended up fighting, the President ordered a Parliamentary Committee to investigate. As soon as he received its report, he arranged meetings with religious leaders to discuss the implications. At Al Azhar Mosque the people taking part included members of the Islamic Research Academy.
President Sadat next visited the Coptic Patriarchate.
He was greeted there by leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church. It's one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, and was founded in 61 AD.
The Patriarch is Pope Shenuda, who warmly greeted President Sadat.
The President discussed his Parliamentary Committee's report with members of the Coptic Holy Synod. The Egyptian leader is particularly concerned at indications hat religious strife has been deliberately stirred up, as part of a campaign to promote internal disorders in Egypt.