Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman went to a Coptic Christian church in Egypt. Here he’s meeting with Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II.
That a Muslim of that high rank would do this, is unusual and may show that progress may be made in the Middle East.
From Asharq Al-Awsat comes this story:
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, visited on Monday Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo’s Abbasiya neighborhood.
Prince Mohammed met Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral
This marks the first visit of its kind by a senior Saudi official to the seat of the Coptic Orthodox patriarchate. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz had previously met with Pope Tawadros during a visit to Cairo in 2016.
Prince Mohammed and Pope Tawadros tackled bilateral ties between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, stressing the role of different religions and cultures in bolstering tolerance and shunning violence, extremism and terrorism.
Prince Mohammed hailed the role of Copts in ensuring Egypt’s stability and in supporting Arab and Muslim causes.
For his part, Pope Tawadros welcomed the Saudi Crown Prince “in his second home in Egypt.”
He also praised Saudi Arabia for the development it is undergoing, saying that it will “help us defeat violence and terrorism that has plagued our region.”
He revealed that Prince Mohammed had invited him to pay a visit to the Kingdom.
The Saudi royal’s visit to the Coptic cathedral was widely welcomed among Coptic and political circles in Egypt.
This is the same prince President Trump has been working with as has son-in-law Jared Kushner.