Egypt: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th February 2018.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader

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.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​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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