Egypt's Islamic center suspends talks with Vatican

13:42, January 21, 2011      

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The Egyptian Islamic research center Al Azhar decided on Thursday to suspend all dialogues with the Vatican due to Pope Benedict XVI's recent repeated negative remarks on the condition of Egyptian Christians.

The decision was announced following an emergency meeting, during which the academy's members voted on the suspension of dialogues with the Roman Catholic Church for an indefinite period, the state news agency MENA reported.

According to an Al Azhar statement, the pope insisted that Muslims in the Middle East oppressed people living in the area, who hold other religions.

Tensions between the two religious institutes mounted after the pope's remarks following a New Year's Eve blast that targeted a church in Alexandria and led to the death of around 21 people.

Source: Xinhua
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