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There is no discrimination between Muslims and Christians in Egypt: President Sisi

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Nov 2018
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during first panel of the first day at the World Youth Forum on Sunday.
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Sunday at the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh that there is no discrimination between Muslims and Christians in Egypt.

“We in Egypt do not discriminate, we do not say ‘this is a Muslim and this is a Christian’; we say we are Egyptians,” the president said in a speech.

On Friday, gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians on their way back from visiting a monastery in Minya, leaving seven dead and at least 10 injured.

El-Sisi said that the terrorist attack has “saddened the hearts of all Egyptians.”

The president also highlighted the importance of “reforming religious discourse,” which he said “is one of the most important demands of Egypt and the world."

El-Sisi also highlighted that Egypt passed a long-awaited law in 2016 easing regulations on building churches, and stressed the importance of freedom of belief for all citizens in Egypt. 

“The country has been keen on building churches in new and old cities, and even [places of worship] for other religions, for Jewish citizens,” he said.

“A citizen is free to worship or not worship; everyone is free, and the state does not interfere in this.”

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