(ANSAmed) – CAIRO, JANUARY 11 – No to any interference from the outside in the internal affairs of the Muslim countries ”under any pretext”. So said the Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyeb, according to the spokesperson for one of the largest centres of Sunni theology, Mohammed Refaa al-Tahtawi. The comments follow the speech made by Pope Benedict XVI to the accredited diplomatic corps within Vatican City, in which he urged Middle Eastern governments to protect their Christian minorities. ”Every country has the right to approve laws to protect national and civil security” the Imam stated. ”With all due respect for the statements made by Benedict XVI, we affirm that the protection of Christians is in internal matter to be guaranteed by the state as each citizen has the same rights as any other”. (ANSAmed).