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Coptic Church says Saudi crown prince ‘disturbs roots of regional extremism’

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Paul Halim, the Coptic Church's spokesman in Egypt, said on Monday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman disturbs the roots of extremism in the region.

In an interview with the program Panorama that airs on Al Arabiya television channel, Halim said the crown prince’s visit to Saint Mark's Cathedral had a huge impact on the Egyptian and Arab public as it sends a very significant message that supports moderation and rejects extremism.

He added that the visit conveyed a message of cooperation, partnership and kindness.

“The openness which Saudi Arabia is leading has influenced the Egyptian street. Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Egypt is historical given its significances,” Paul said.

Paul added that the crown prince’s speech on the Copts, the Egyptian Church and Christians was a “very strong message that spreads enlightening and moderate rhetoric.”