Sisi meets heads of Egyptian Churches
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with the heads of Egyptian Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Churches at the Ithadeya Presidential Palace on Thursday, Al-Omah news reported.

Head of Evangelical Church in Egypt Safwat al-Bayadi demanded Sisi to make Egypt host Christian Iraqis, he said in a Thursday statement: “Let us welcome our Christian Iraqi brothers who were displaced based on their religion like we did with our Sudanese brothers.”

Sisi’s talks with heads of Christian sects from Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Greece with churches in Egypt were based on optimism, perseverance, and will. Egypt changed and built bases of dignity and religious freedom, Bayadi said.

Head of Egyptian Union for Human Rights Naguib Gobrail said Wednesday that Sisi’s and head of Christian sects will discuss the situation of Coptic Christians after the January 25 Revolution in 2011. They say there are no university presidents or deans of faculties that are Coptic Christians, Al-Watan reported.

Gobrail said that there are no Coptic Christians serving in sensitive authorities such as the National Security Agency. He said heads of Churches stress that more Christians should be appointed in such positions according to efficiency to prevent religion-based discrimination.

Gobrail said the meeting aimed to emphasize the real notion of full citizenship so that Egypt can stop Coptic Christians from immigrating. More than 100,000 Coptic physicians, pharmacists, and businessmen immigrated away during the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule under ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Additional reporting by Michael Faris.

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