Pope Tawadros II says Egypt 1st defense line of Gulf States
Pope Tawadros II - YOUM7/Hussin Tallal

KUWAIT CITY: Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria has hailed as historic the stance taken by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE in support of Egypt, which he called the first defense line of Arab Gulf states.

The situation in Egypt will become stable after the presidential and parliamentary elections, Tawadros said in an interview with Kuwait’s Al-Seyassah newspaper, out Saturday.

He stressed Egypt is not living a sectarian crisis. Egyptian Muslims and Christians are very close to one another, the pope affirmed.

He hailed as “warm” relations between Muslims and Christians, noting that any disputes are solved through a newly founded “Family House” foundation.

The three-year-old foundation groups men of the church and Al-Ahzar, Pope Tawadros noted.

He called Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, a loyal, patriotic person.

Asked about his support for June 30, the pope said that participating in the revolution is a purely patriotic act and has nothing to do with politics.

Tawadros praised the new Egyptian constitution, believing it to be a balanced charter that represents all segments of society and acts to achieve most of their aspirations.

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