CAIRO – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has reportedly commended the Japanese people for being diligent and disciplined while allegedly calling them a walking Quran.
The president made the remarks at a meeting with former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike in Cairo on Sunday, according to a Japanese diplomatic source.
El-Sisi was quoted as saying Japanese people are practicing the teachings of the Quran even though most of them are of a different faith.
He has already used speeches and many other occasions to speak highly of the spirituality of the Japanese people.
Koike, who is chief of the Japan-Egypt Parliamentarians Friendship League, attended a Japanese speech contest at Cairo University on Saturday.
She told the president that during her latest visit to Egypt she scattered the ashes of her parents, who had some connections to Egypt, into the Nile River and at the foot of a pyramid.
The president was impressed by Koike’s strong emotional attachment to Egypt, according to the source.