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No link between meeting Coptic demands and terrorist attack, minister

Mohfid Shehab says Coptic demands are not being tackled as a result of the attack on Alexandria's Two Saints Church

MENA , Sunday 23 Jan 2011
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Minister of Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Councils Mohfid Shehab denied any link between the attack on the Two Saints Church in Alexandria and moves to meet Coptic demands.

He added that Coptic demands have been there since the early 19th century, since the Ottoman Empire established the Hayamoni line which restricts the building and repair of churches.

Moreover, he insisted that Copts are part of Egypt’s social solidarity, where Muslims and Copts stand side-by-side and are equally treated, thus their demands would be met. He explained that the demands of the Copts come within the framework of political and social development, which is being discussed currently.

Shehab pointed out that the constitution was amended in 2007 where its first article concerning citizenship was altered to assert that both Muslims and Copts are treated equally; thus Coptic demands would be met.

 

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