CAIRO: Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry left early Sunday for Paris to participate with a number of world leaders in a silent “Republican March” to condemn recent attacks in France, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Shokry’s participation in the rally “reflects Egypt’s standing with France in this delicate situation and [Egypt’s] full condemnation to the sinful terrorist attack that does not relate to Islam,” stated ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty.
Abdel Atty added that Egypt’s participation embodies its stance against terrorism and the “necessity for concerted international efforts,” as he noted the terrorist and violent attacks hitting Egypt and terrorizing innocent citizens.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the National Council for Human Rights and Al-Azhar, the most prestigious Sunni institution in the Islamic world, and other Egyptian bodies have strongly denounced the Paris attacks that began on Wednesday when assailants opened fire on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 12. The two alleged assailants, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who were reportedly indentified as having Algerian origins, were killed during efforts by French police to capture them.
The French magazine is known for its satirical depictions of religious symbols, and it was frequently criticized and sued by Muslim and Catholic bodies.
It was reported that four hostages were killed in another aggression on a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris shortly after the magazine attack.
Dar Al-Ifta, Egypt’s religious body responsible for issuing fatwas, besides its condemning the Charlie Hebdo’s attack, it has “called on the French government to protect Muslims living in France from retaliatory attacks,” said spokesperson Ibrahim Negm to The Cairo Post Wednesday.
It was reported that, since the French magazine attack, the country’s Muslim community were subjected to “reprisal” attacks.
President Francois Hollande said as he spoke on the France attacks, that “Those fanatics have nothing in common with the rest of the Muslim faith.”
Sunday’s anti-terror rally was called for by the President Francois Hollande, who will be joining a march expected to include millions of participants.