President Mohamed Nasheed has sent a message of condolence to Egyptian President on hearing about the news of the passing away of the Grand Imam of the al-Azhar mosque and head of the al-Azhar University, Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi.

The President’s message reads as follows:


“I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing away of Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi. Sheikh Tantawi was a strong voice for the universal Islamic values of peace and tolerance. His death therefore is a great loss not only to your country and al-Azhar University, but also to all those moderate voices in Islam.

On this sad occasion, the people and the Government of the Maldives join me in sending our sincere sympathies to you, the Government, and the people of Egypt. Please convey our deep condolences to Sheikh Tantawi's family.”