Pope Tawadros II and the head of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s presidential campaign Mahmoud Fawzi. Photo courtesy of the Spokesman of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
During their meeting, Fawzi praised Pope Tawadros' leading national role and advocacy for Egyptian Christians, as per a statement by the Coptic Orthodox Church’s spokesman.
Furthermore, Fawzi expressed his appreciation for the Coptic Church's non-interference in political matters coupled with strong support for national interests.
The campaign manager also highlighted El-Sisi’s total rejection of the displacement of Palestinians from Gaza suggested by some in Israel.
As for the presidential elections, Fawzi stressed their crucial national importance, and the necessity that all Egyptians participate.
The Pope noted that elections, in general, are a constitutional entitlement for every Egyptian.
“I appreciate participation in the presidential elections and call on everyone to go to the polling stations," stated Tawadros.
Voting in Egypt will take place from 10 to 12 December. Egyptians abroad will cast their votes on 1-3 December.
The final result will be announced on 18 December if no run-off is required.
The four declared presidential candidates are the incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Farid Zahran, Abdel-Sanad Yamama, and Hazem Omar.
Two other candidates had withdrawn from the presidential race: Ahmed Tantawi, a former MP and former leader of the Karama (Dignity) Party, and Gameela Ismail, the chairwoman of Al-Dostour (Constitution) Party.