‘SL, Egypt on the same page in battling extremism’ | Daily News


‘SL, Egypt on the same page in battling extremism’

Egypt and Sri Lanka are on the same page in combatting extremism, the Egypt Embassy said in a press statement, yesterday.

“Egypt and its institutions will continue providing support to Sri Lanka in eradicating extremism. Both countries are facing the same threats and confronting the same enemy,” it said.

“The Embassy of Egypt has observed with much concern the local media coverage on a private television channel of the first evidence given on June 13 by Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday attacks, where Egypt has been wrongly associated with the name of the Qatari citizen, fundamentalist theologian and hate preacher, Yusuf Al- Qaradawi.

“Al-Qaradawi has been residing in Qatar since the 1960s and holds the Qatari citizenship only. Being one of the fountainheads of the banned terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organisation, fanning religious hatred and promoting a cult of violence, Al-Qaradawi has been stripped of the Egyptian citizenship, banned from Egypt decades ago, and escaped a life sentence in absentia issued by Egyptian courts of law.

“His name appears on the terror list of Egypt and several other peace-loving countries. It is deplorable that he remains unchecked by his host country and continues to receive support and sponsorship. Egypt and other Arab countries have collectively designated 59 individuals and 12 institutions that have financed terrorist organisations and received support from certain countries in the region, including Al-Qaradawi and his so called ‘International Union of Muslim Scholars’.

“Along the same line, Al-Azhar, Egypt’s prestigious seat of Islamic education, has expelled Al-Qaradawi long ago, considering him an incendiary extremist ideologue. Al-Azhar has condemned in the strongest terms the heinous Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka and expressed its full solidarity with the Sri Lankan government and people.

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