MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Senator the Hon. Bob Carr
SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN EGYPT
April 8, 2013
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
“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