by Muhammad Aamir
ABU DHABI, 3rd February, 2019 (WAM) — The Global Conference of Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi will convey a strong message to the world about Arab humanitarian values and how these can add to the world peace, according to Dr. Nabila Makram, Minister of State for Migration and Egyptian Affairs Abroad.
“We are in need of such kinds of forums to talk about humanity, and values that we miss around the world right now,” the Minister told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, adding that “we must not let ‘wars and terrorism’ lose us these valuable humanitarian values.”
Speaking after attending a conference session on Principles of Human Fraternity, she said that she is “happy to be here in UAE, a country that hosts 200 plus nationalities, and all religions … it is totally unique.”
She noted that the meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and His Eminence Dr. Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif tomorrow will add to the forum. “It is good to get closer together to know other experiences and to convey to the world how Arabian Humanitarian Values could add to the whole world.”
“It gives a huge message to the world, not only for Muslims and Christens but for all the religions,” she added.
The Minister, who formerly served as a diplomat in the Consulate General of Egypt in Dubai, also told WAM about interfaith harmony in her country. “In Egypt,” she said, “we have a different story, we are in a new Egypt, and it means that all Egyptians are equal in their rights and in their will to work, what they have to do for their country, their duties to the country.”
The inauguration last month in Egypt’s new administrative capital of the new Coptic Cathedral by the Grand Imam of Al Azhar and of a new mosque by Pope Tawadros II, spiritual leader of the Coptic Church, was an example of this, she said.
“Such kind of values between Muslims and Christians are very well experienced in Egypt,” Dr. Makram concluded, adding that during her visit, she hoped to learn from the Emirati experience, which she described as “a unique and excellent example of having Christians and Muslims (together).”