CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland Friday and discussed the country’s efforts in fighting terrorism and enhancing co-existence, Dar al-Iftaa announced in a statement.
The meeting comes on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum that kicked off in Davos Wednesday.
During the meeting, Allam noted that “Dar al Iftaa, a key player in global events, spares no effort in spreading the right concept of Islam through dispatching Islamic scholars to different regions to change the negative image of Islam,” according to the statement.
Allam’s participation at the international business event follows an official invitation he received from Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF.
On Friday, the clergyman addressed the gathering on the tolerance of Islam and inter-faith dialogue and its efforts to spread Islamic culture and cooperation among nations across the world.
During his visit, Allam will meet with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva Michael Møller, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby among others, Dar al-Ifta announced Thursday.
Under the theme, “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” over 40 heads of state and government, as well as 2,500 leaders from business and society will convene at this year’s forum.