CAIRO: Libyan Ambassador to Cairo Mohamed Fayez Gebril denounced Thursday the targeted attacks on the country’s Coptic Christians.
Gebril said during an interview on CBC Extra with Engy Anwar that Copts in the Middle East are begin targeted by “terrorist attacks” in what he described as a new phenomenon to destabilize the Arab world.
Ambassador Gebril’s comments follow the Libyan police discovery of seven Egyptian Coptic Christians shot dead on a beach in eastern Libya on Feb. 24.
He confirmed that the involved persons in targeting the Copts would be arrested in days, pointing out the importance to form common border guards’ forces between the two countries. He said official police forces intensified their efforts to secure the borders.
Gebril blamed the rise in “terrorist” attacks on local forces intending to hurt Egyptian-Libyan relations as well as Israeli attempts to undermine the Arab world’s relations with the west.
Gebril said the Egyptian-Libyan relations were tense during ousted President Muammar Gadhafi’s rule, but relations since his removal have been positive.
The media in particular, he said, has a role in showing the two nations’ positive relations, as well as the 1.6 million Egyptians living in Libya who live in peace among the Libyan people but whom the media ignores.
He ended the interview with a call for increasing and developing Libyan investment in Egypt to serve the interests of the two countries.
Originally published in Youm7.