AFRICA/EGYPT - The U.S. Pentagon to General al-Sissi: Protect the Copts

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The U.S. defense secretary Chuck Hagel, in a telephone conversation on Tuesday, September 17 with General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, rebuked the strong man of the Egyptian army to make every effort to ensure the safety of the Coptic Christian community in Egypt, targeted in recent weeks by the violence of Islamist gangs following the deposition of President Mohamed Morsi. This was reported by Pentagon spokesman George Little in a statement, referring that general Sissi was also invited to take measures to "demonstrate the commitment of the transitional government" in favor of the process of democratic normalization.
In early September, Father Hani Bakhoum, secretary of the Patriarchate of Alexandria of the Catholic Copts, had declared to Fides Agency that "even during the dramatic moment lived in Egypt, exploitation of those asking the actors of the international community to intervene with the excuse of protecting Christians, affected by sectarian fanaticism must be rejected". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 18/09/2013)