Pope Francis, Grand Imam of Al Azhar leave UAE
February 5, 2019 | 3:41 PM
by AFP
Pope Francis bids farewell to the United Arab Emirates, as he boards the papal plane for the return flight to Rome. Photo: Vatican News/Twitter

Muscat: Pope Francis has left the UAE following his historic visit to Abu Dhabi, the first of any pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula.

The pope was seen off by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sheriff Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb also bid farewell to his Emirati hosts.

In a statement, Sheikh Al Nahyan said, "We bid farewell to our dear guests, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. Their visit was a landmark in the development of human relations and dialogue between different cultures. We are all partners in promoting tolerance, love and harmony.

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