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House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of killings of Coptic Christian priests and worshippers since President Morsi was removed from office in Egypt.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We are aware of incidents of sectarian violence in Luxor, Cairo and the Sinai peninsula, which have resulted in the deaths of several Christians including one Coptic priest. We are concerned about the apparent increase in sectarian incidents and continue to encourage the Egyptian authorities to tackle this issue. On 8 July, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), made a statement condemning the recent upsurge in violence in Egypt. We are in contact with all sides in Egypt, and have urged all to resolve their differences through dialogue, and avoid violence.

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