Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s Media Release



Foreign Minister Bob Carr today expressed the Australian Government’s concern about recent sectarian violence in Egypt.



“Peace, stability and harmony between religious groups are critical in this period of Egypt’s transition,” Senator Carr said.

“I welcome President Morsi’s decision to order an immediate investigation into these clashes. I also welcome his affirmation that the protection of all citizens, Muslims and Christians, is the responsibility of the state.

“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those killed or injured in the recent violence.”

Clashes took place on Saturday following a funeral service held in Abassiya in central Cairo at St Mark’s cathedral, for four Coptic Christians killed in sectarian violence earlier in the weekend.

The Australian Government has previously called on Egyptian authorities to ensure religious freedoms are respected and the rule of law is applied equally to all Egyptians.

Religious freedoms in Egypt, including the situation of Coptic Christians, were also raised in talks between Senator Carr and President Morsi in Cairo in September 2012. Talks were also held with .the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Sheikh Al-Tayeb, and with acting Patriarch of the Coptic Church Bishop Bakhomious.

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2 Responses to “Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s Media Release”

  1. Iskandar says:

    I would also like to raise the concern of the kidnapping of Coptic Christians in Egypt. Many young Coptic girls have been kidnapped across Egypt. A large number of families have been trying to leave Egypt and move on to other countries. To me personally, my brothers have been trying for years to join me here in Australia but there are no guarantees of how they will be accepted in Australia. Two of their children have faced kidnapping close to their school, but thank God they have managed their way out. A large number of their friends however were subjected to kidnapping. Many families are trying to leave Egypt, and Australia is the land of opportunities that will be suitable.

    • Admin says:

      Hi Iskander

      Could you please email and we will see if we can be of assistance. Include a brief summary of your concerns and what you have tried in the past.


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