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'We should always be together,' Sisi says at the Nativity of Christ Cathedral

Ahram Online , Monday 6 Jan 2020
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St.(Reuters)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Monday that all Egyptians should be united and to not allow anyone to divide them. 

El-Sisi was speaking at the Coptic Christmas mass in Cairo on Monday while he was congratulating Egyptian Coptic Christians on Christmas. 

"We should always be together," El-Sisi said at the new Nativity of Christ Cathedral, stressing that Egyptians should not be worried about the tensions in the region.

"As long as we are together, united, we should not be worried, yet we should take care of what is going now around us," he said.  

"No one can drag us here or there," the Egyptian president said. "Egypt was dealing with the world in honour at a time of 'no honour.'" 

The Egyptian president gave Pope Tawadros II a flower bouquet on behalf of Egyptians, greeting him before leaving the mass.

El-Sisi has been attending the Coptic Christmas mass for the past four years.

Egyptian ministers, MPs and top state officials attended the mass, which was broadcast on Egyptian TV channels.

The Nativity of Christ Cathedral is the largest church in the Middle East, with a capacity to accommodate 8,200 worshipers. It was inaugurated in 2018.

Coptic Orthodox Egyptians, who make up around 90 percent of all Christians in the country, celebrate Christmas on 7 January. Non-Orthodox Christians observed the holiday on 25 December.


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