Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres leaves Al-Azhar headquarters after a visit, in Cairo, Egypt, April 2, 2019.
Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres leaves Al-Azhar headquarters after a visit, in Cairo, Egypt, April 2, 2019.

CAIRO - The U.N. chief has expressed solidarity with Muslims world over during a visit to Cairo, denouncing hate speech and racism, as well as anti-Semitism.

The remarks by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday in the Egyptian capital came less than a month after the terrorist attack on New Zealand mosques killed 50 worshippers.

In this photo supplied by the New Zealand government, Mosque shooting survivor Farid Ahmed addresses the national remembrance service in Hagley Park for the victims of the March 15 mosques terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 29, 2019
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A man who survived New Zealand’s mosque attacks told a crowd of about 20,000 people Friday that he forgives the terrorist who killed his wife and 49 others.Farid Ahmed was speaking at a national remembrance service held in Christchurch to commemorate those who died in the attacks two weeks ago.“I don’t want to have a heart that is boiling like a volcano,” Ahmed said. “A volcano has anger, fury, rage. It doesn’t have peace. It has hatred. It burns itself within, and also it burns the surroundings. …

Guterres says "hate speech is entering the mainstream, spreading like wildfire through social media and radio."
 
He says that "in this time of difficulties and division, we must stand together and protect each other. Nothing justifies terrorism, and it becomes particularly hideous when religion is invoked. ... we must uphold and promote human dignity and universal human rights."

Guterres' comments came after his meeting with Egypt's top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam in Cairo.

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