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Egyptian Muslims and Copts Urge Christians to Stay in Mideast

Muslim clerics and Coptic religious figures at an anti-terrorism and anti-extremism conference held in the Egyptian capital have called on Christians not to leave their homelands as long as extremism exists. The statement released at the end of the conference noted that the forced emigration of Christians and other religious groups is "a crime that we all condemn", urging other countries to give aid to Christians to prevent it. The opening remarks at the conference on Wednesday were made by Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb, who noted that the Islamic State (ISIS) "commits barbarian, hateful crimes in an attempt to export a false Islam and decapitates those who oppose it". The anti-ISIS international coalition, he added, "must mobilize all of its capacities to uproot this terrorism and fight the countries that support it."

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