The secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Amin met Pope Shenouda III on Tuesday morning and paid his condolences for the victims of the Maspero clashes earlier this month.
The meeting, which took place at St Mark’s Cathedral in Abbasiya, lasted for 30 minutes and was also attended by senior Coptic bishops and members of Pope Shenouda’s private secretariat.
Amin told reporters he had paid his condolences to Pope Shenouda not as a religious leader, but as an Egyptian citizen devoted to the security of his nation. All Egyptians agree on the need to protect national unity during this critical transitional period, he added.
During the meeting, Amin reiterated the SCA’s commitment to protect and preserve Egypt’s Coptic heritage, and invited Pope Shenouda to the official re-opening of the Hanging Church in Old Cairo after almost ten years of restoration work.