Pope Francis greets Egypt’s Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayeb on Ramadan

In February last year, Al-Tayeb and Francis signed the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.” (File/AFP)
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Updated 25 April 2020

Pope Francis greets Egypt’s Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayeb on Ramadan

  • Al-Tayeb said the pope spoke of his prayer for world stability and security during the call
  • Both religious leaders have been discussing ways of strengthening global solidarity against the virus

DUBAI: Head of the Catholic church, Pope Francis, has extended his Ramadan greetings to Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayeb in a phone call on Friday, local daily Egypt Today has reported.

Al-Tayeb said the pope spoke of his prayer for world stability and security during the call, referencing current tensions and the coronavirus pandemic.

Both religious leaders have been discussing ways of strengthening global solidarity against the virus, the report added.

In February last year, Al-Tayeb and Francis signed the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” in the UAE to signal tolerance between the two religions.


Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

Updated 13 July 2020

Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

  • Six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded, an Iranian official said

Iranian police are investigating after a fire broke out at an industrial complex in northeast Iran where gas condensate storage tanks are sited, one of which exploded, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.
Javad Jahandoust, the fire chief at the Kavian Fariman industrial complex, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the city of Mashhad, was quoted as saying six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded.
He said the fire was under control and there were no casualties, but police were investigating the cause.
There have been several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.
On Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported a fire at a petrochemical facility in southwest Iran, which was blamed on an oil leak. There were no casualties.