President welcomes Grand Imam to Elysée
Egypt/meeting between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 24 May 2016
The President welcomed His Eminence Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar institution, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Minister of the Interior.
The Grand Imam talked about his action, as head of that eminent spiritual institution of Sunni Islam, to combat downward spirals into extremism. The French authorities welcomed these efforts and presented to him France’s priorities in this sphere. The President spoke about the situation in France and welcomed the commitments made by the representatives of French Islam to help prevent radicalization./.