Egypt: France, U.S., EU Condemn Giza Church Attack

Egypt: France, U.S., EU Condemn Giza Church Attack

Egypt State Information Service, Cairo  France condemned late Sunday’s armed attack on an Egyptian Coptic church in Giza suburb of al-Warraq.

At a press conference, French Foreign Ministry Spokesman Romain Nadal deplored the attack as a “heinous crime.”

Nadal expressed condolences to the families of the victims, voicing concern over repeated attacks against Copts in Egypt, especially since August. He underlined the importance of protecting religious freedom in line with international conventions.

Meanwhile, the United States also condemned the attack.

“We strongly condemn the heinous attack on the al-Adra church in Cairo,” State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

“We’re going to keep making the point that this kind of violence has no place in moving Egypt forward. It will only hinder Egypt’s democratic transition process and economic recovery,” she said.

“We’re supporting calls by the Egyptian government to hold those responsible accountable for this attack,” Harf added.

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton strongly condemned on Monday an attack on the Cairo Church.

“I strongly condemn the attack which led to several deaths and injuries during a Coptic wedding on Sunday. I convey my sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and my best wishes to the injured for a speedy recovery,” Ashton said in a statement, adding that the government has a responsibility to put an end to sectarian violence.

“I call on the Egyptian authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of this unacceptable act are promptly brought to justice. States have an obligation to do everything in their power to prevent acts of violence against persons based on their religion or belief,” she said.

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