Prince Charles discusses religious tolerance with Egyptian PhD students in London

Students from Al-Azhar University met with Prince Charles in London. (Courtesy Al-Masry Al-Youm)
Updated 19 March 2018

Prince Charles discusses religious tolerance with Egyptian PhD students in London

LONDON: Prince Charles met with a group of Egyptian students from Cairo’s Al-Azhar University to discuss religious tolerance and efforts at combatting terrorism, said a spokesperson for the British Embassy in Cairo.

Six students from a scholarship program between the UK and Al-Azhar Univeristy met with Prince Charles at his residence in London.

The students, who are currently pursuing their PhDs at several British universities, are part of a Religious Studies Scholarship established in 2015 by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, and the British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson.

The grant seeks to promote dialogue between cultures and religions. Since 2016, six scholarships have been awarded and each grant is valued at more than £170,000 per candidate.

The reception was attended by both Ambassador Casson and the director of the British Council in Egypt, Jeff Streeter.

“We’re proud to partner with Al-Azhar to encourage dialogue and support young faith leaders like the six Egyptian students here today, in order to promote the values of peace, openness and tolerance,” said Ambassador Casson.

It is planned to raise a further £2m to provide for 15 more scholarships from now until 2025.

The meeting came after the recent death of an Egyptian engineering student in the UK, who was severely beaten and subsequently died, following an attack by a group of young women.

Russia says no decision made yet on delivery of S-300 missiles to Syria

Updated 23 April 2018

Russia says no decision made yet on delivery of S-300 missiles to Syria

  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says no decision has been made on missiles
  • Advanced S-300 missile systems were rumored to be delivered to ally Bashar Assad

Moscow: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia had not yet decided whether it would deliver advanced S-300 missile systems to Syria, but would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported.
Russia’s daily Kommersant newspaper, citing unnamed military sources, reported earlier on Monday that Russia might start supplying the anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria in the near future. The Kremlin declined to comment.
Lavrov said on Friday that Western military strikes on Syria this month had removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold the missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“We’ll have to wait to see what specific decisions the Russian leadership and representatives of Syria will take,” TASS cited Lavrov as saying on Monday during a visit to Beijing.
“There is probably no secret about this and it can all be announced (if a decision is taken),” added Lavrov.
Kommersant said on Monday that experts believed that Israel would react negatively to any decision to supply the missiles and might bomb the area where they would be deployed.
A Russian diplomat who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said Israel has asked Moscow not to supply the Syrian military with the S-300s. An Israeli government spokesman declined comment.