Evangelical community leader hails Sisi’s meeting with Arab church leaders

CAIRO – May 17, 2022: Chairman of the Evangelical Community of Egypt, Andrea Zaki, hailed President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s meeting with heads and leaders of Arab Churches attending the General Assembly of the Council of Churches of the Middle East during its 12th session, held for the first time in Egypt.

The president’s meeting demonstrates Egypt’s commitment to showing respect and gratitude to all, Zaki said in a press release on Tuesday.

“We have a patriotic Egyptian leadership that spares no effort to consolidate the principle of citizenship,” Zaki added.

Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attended the meeting.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told church leaders across the Middle East on Tuesday that Egypt’s strategy is to eliminate discrimination based on anything while spreading a culture of diversity and freedom of movement. belief.

The president told participants that the Egyptian strategy also combats fanaticism and extremism “without being tied to a specific timetable”, but that the concepts are applied in all aspects of life in Egypt.

Citizenship and equal rights are constants for the Egyptian state, Sisi said, adding that many antiquities and ancient churches in Egypt, which include many historical manuscripts and icons, have been renovated. He also mentioned the plan to relaunch the trajectory of the Holy Family in Egypt as part of the attention paid to Egypt’s Christian heritage, according to a statement from the Egyptian presidential spokesperson.

Pope Tawadros II of Egypt also attended the meeting, which discussed cooperation between Egypt and the General Assembly of Churches in the Middle East in terms of dialogue, citizenship and the fight against extremism in all the countries of the region.

The church leaders also expressed their appreciation for Egypt’s role in the Middle East in addressing complex issues that cause severe humanitarian suffering. They also supported Egypt’s development and construction efforts in Egypt and the Middle East.

Barry F. Howard