The Grand Imam of the Sunni Islamic institute Al-Azhar, Ahmad al-Tayeb, and Coptic Pope Tawadros II inaugurated an international conference in Cairo, Egypt to counter extremism and terrorism. There was a large array of religious scholars attending the conference from over 120 countries, with the ISIS presence in Iraq and Syria being the main topic. The goal of the conference was to condemn and combat extremist interpretations of Islam and instead promote a more moderate view. Some of the Al-Azhar talks emphasized that Muslims and Christians had lived in harmony for centuries and will continue to do so, stating that any attacks against non-Muslims and innocents was against the teachings of Islam.
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