Egypt's presidency sets up anti-sectarianism committee: Official gazette

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Dec 2018

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Cairo, April 23, 2015 (Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has issued an order to set up a higher committee to prevent sectarian incidents in the country, the official gazette said on Sunday.

The committee will comprise members of the Armed Forces, military intelligence, general intelligence, the Administrative Control Authority and the National Security Agency. The committee will be chaired by the president's advisor on security and anti-terrorism affairs.

The committee will be tasked with "developing a general strategy to prevent and combat sectarian incidents and follow up on its implementation, as well as mechanisms to deal with sectarian incidents when they occur."

The committee will draw up regular reports on its operations and recommendations that will be submitted to the president.

Sectarian attacks occur occasionally in Egypt, and the past few years have seen attacks on churches, the torching of Christian homes, and the forced displacement of Christians.

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