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HM King Hamad with Pope Francis. Image courtesy: GDN

HM King leads welcome of Pope, Al Azhar Grand Imam to Bahrain

MANAMA, November 3, 2022

Bahrain's His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa led well-wishers in welcoming His Holiness Pope Francis and his accompanying delegation upon their arrival in Bahrain on Thursday on a historic four-day official visit to the kingdom, at the invitation of His Majesty the King.
 
During the visit, HM King Hamad will hold a meeting with HH Pope Francis, who will also participate in the Bahrain Dialogue Forum: East and West for Human Coexistence, held under the patronage of HM the King, said a Bahrain News Agency report.
 
HH Pope Francis was also welcomed by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.
 
HH the Pope greeted the Bahraini senior officials and HM the King greeted members of the visiting delegation.
 
Later, HH Pope Francis left for Sakhir Palace, accompanied by the Royal Guard cavalry, while children scattered rose petals and folk bands performed traditional music in celebration of the visit.
 
The receiving delegation was headed by Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowment, HE Nawaf Al Muawda.
 
HM King Hamad also led well-wishers in welcoming His Eminence Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb, Sheikh of the Al Azhar Mosque and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, upon his arrival earlier in the Kingdom at an invitation by HM the King.
 
HM King Hamad will hold a meeting with HE Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb who will also participate in the Forum.
 
HE Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb was also welcomed by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.
 
HM the King commended the visit of HE the Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb to the Kingdom and his participation in the forum, stressed the key role of Al Azhar Mosque in promoting the Islamic values of moderation, tolerance and coexistence.
 
HE Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb expressed thanks and appreciation to HM the King for the gracious welcome and hospitality and for his invitation to participate in the forum.



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