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Berlin affirms support for Egypt in combating terrorism after Minya attacks: Germany’s ambassador

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 May 2017
Julius Georg Luy
File Photo: Germany's ambassador to Egypt Julius Georg Luy during a press conference ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit to Cairo last month (Photo: Menna Alaa El-Din)
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Germany’s ambassador to Egypt, Julius Georg Luy, condemned on Saturday the deadly attack on a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians in Minya on Friday which killed 29 people, saying his country supports Egypt in combating terrorism.

Luy said that whoever “kills people in cold blood, including children due to their faith, is one that is a dissident from the values of the standards of any humanitarian society.”

The Friday attack that took place on a bus transporting Coptic citizens in Minya governorate is a repulsive crime. We express our condolences to the families of the victims and hope a speedy recovery for the injured,” the statement by the German embassy said.

Many states have condemned the attack on Friday, including the US, a number of European countries, and a number of Arab nations.

“There is nothing that would justify such terror acts, as well as incitement against minorities,” the German statement read.

Germany stands in solidarity “in such stressful times” with Egyptian Copts, as well as its Muslims in the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, the statement added.

The ambassador expressed hope that Egypt will be successful in fighting terror as well as its supporters using its legal framework.

On Saturday Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, which is the latest in a series of recent deadly assaults by the group on Egypt’s Christians. Daesh had also claimed responsibility for two deadly bombings of churches in Tanta and Alexandria in April, which left dozens dead and injured.

The ambassador said that combating intolerance and providing protection to Egyptians of different faiths should be a top priority, adding that extremists should not be allowed to divide the Egyptian society.

Hours after Friday's attack President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered airstrikes on Islamist militant camps in Libya as Egypt's military said those who had planned and executed the attack had come from these camps.

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