Cairo— Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Dr. Ahmed al-Tayyib, stressed the need of building greater mutual trust between Sunni and Shiite intellectuals by engaging in constructive dialogue that will substantially contribute to achieving security and peace.
“Al-Azhar is concerned with the unity of Iraq where all citizens are to be equal in rights and duties,” said al-Tayyib during a meeting with Ammar Al-Hakim, the leader of Iraq’s Shia National Alliance bloc in the Iraqi parliament.
“Al-Azhar was and remains the umbrella under which all Muslims, Sunni and Shiite, come together,” added al-Tayyib.
For his part, Al-Hakim said that Al-Azhar is tantamount to the lighthouse of tolerance, openness and moderation, adding that “Iraqis are always looking forward to cooperation and coordination with this time-honored institution which is the voice of reason and wisdom representing all Muslims worldwide.”
According to the Iraqi-based Al-Manar TV, Ammar al-Hakim met on Wednesday in Cairo with Al-Tayyib where “The two sides stressed the importance of fighting extremism and consolidating the cooperation between the Al-Azhar and Najaf religious centers,”
The statement also noted that al-Hakim confirmed that Iraqi is ahead of an ultimate victory over the ISIS terrorist group.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also met with Al-Hakim in Cairo on Tuesday for talks about Iraq and other issues.
According to a statement issued by the Egyptian presidency on Tuesday afternoon, the Egyptian president and the Shia cleric discussed the latest developments in Iraq, especially the latest victories of the Iraqi army, against the ISIS militant group as well Egyptian-Iraqi bilateral relations, Al-Ahram reported.