President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (C) and Pope Tawadros II (L) with young Coptic expatriates at the Presidential Palace on August 29, 2018 - Press photo/Presidency
CAIRO - 29 August 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Wednesday confirmed that Egypt is proud of its Coptic sons and their stories of success inside and outside the country.
At a meeting with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese and participants of the World Youth Forum of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the president added that national unity is well-established in Egypt throughout history, said presidential spokesperson Ambassador Bassam Rady in press statements.
The meeting is part of the Coptic Orthodox Church’s first international week, where Egyptian Coptic expatriates gather up at Wadi al-Natrun’s Logos Center under the title “Return to Roots.” The forum that last from August 25- September 1 aims at connecting the descendents of Egyptian Diaspora across the world to their homeland and mother church.
The program of the international week includes cultural and spiritual activities, meeting with top officials to discuss the hot issues in Egypt, as well as visiting the prominent touristic sites in Egypt.
President Sisi expressed his appreciation and respect for the Egyptian church lauding Pope Tawadros as a patriotic man who played a remarkable nationalistic role over the past few years, said the spokesman.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Pope Tawadros II with young Coptic expatriates at the Presidential Palace on August 29, 2018 - Press photo/Presidency
“Egypt looks at its sons from only a nationalistic viewpoint which holds high the values of citizenship and tolerance along with full partnership in the homeland,” the spokesman quoted President Sisi as having said.
The young people expressed their pleasure for visiting their homeland and meeting with the president, said the spokesman.
The young Copts said that the situation in Egypt is quite different from the image depicted by media outlets abroad. The security situation in Egypt is stable, they confirmed.
The Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh will witness in November the second edition of World Youth Forum (WYF) under the patronage of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
Contributed by MENA
CAIRO - 18 August 2018: The official Facebook page of the World Youth Forum (WYF) announced Saturday the opening of registration for the second edition, calling on youth from all over the world to participate.