Egypt: Religious Freedom:Written question - 125466

Asked by Nigel Dodds
(Belfast North)
Asked on: 30 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Egypt: Religious Freedom
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Egypt on the persecution of Christians and other minority faiths in Egypt.
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 07 February 2018

​We are concerned about terrorist attacks in Egypt that have targeted the Coptic community and about reports of sectarian violence. Following the attacks last year, the Prime Minister, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead, wrote to the President of Egypt to express her deep condolences and reiterate the UK's support for Egypt in its fight against terrorism. Combating sectarian violence is a shared strategic objective for the Egyptian and UK Governments and we welcome President Sisi's calls for peaceful coexistence between communities. The Egyptian Constitution contains protection for Freedom of Religious Belief. It is important that these rights are respected.

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