Tue 27-09-2022 23:28 PM
NEW YORK, 27th September, 2022 (WAM) — Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders Mohamed Abdelsalam has met with President Adama Barrow of The Gambia as part of the latter’s attendance at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly which takes place in New York.
During the meeting, the Gambian President expressed his gratitude to the Muslim Council of Elders and its Chairman, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb. He particularly highlighted the Council’s efforts to promote dialogue between different religious groups and cultures. President Barrow expressed his willingness to cooperate with the Council on issues related to the maintenance of peace and dialogue in Africa.
The President of the West African nation also noted the role of Egypt and Al-Azhar in supporting The Gambia and other African nations on all fronts. He described Egypt as a source of support and inspiration for all African nations, especially in the areas of religious studies and peaceful coexistence.
For his part, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Elders commended The Gambia for being a model of peaceful tolerance and coexistence on the African continent. He said the Muslim Council of Elders stood ready to support Gambia’s efforts in promoting inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue in the face of extremism and hatred. He added that the Council has a strong interest in developing strong relations with African nations, having already established a number of initiatives that promote dialogue and coexistence on the continent. The majority of these initiatives, he said, targeted young people in order to protect them from the influences of extremist groups while promoting and supporting women’s rights.