Sisi congratulates Egyptians on Christmas, says celebrations unique example of coexistence



Wed, 06 Jan 2021 - 11:55 GMT


Wed, 06 Jan 2021 - 11:55 GMT

Cairo – 6 January 2020: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi congratulated Egyptians on the occasion of Christmas and the new year.

On his twitter account, Sisi said that Christmas celebrations testify that ‘Egypt is a fortress for patriotism and that Egyptians have been and will always be a unique example of coexistence among different religions and beliefs.’

“Happy new year and merry Christmas to Egyptians on the occasion of Christmas and new year celebrations that assert that Egyptian people will always set a great and unique model of coexistence among different religions and beliefs with deep passion and firm unity, Merry Christmas, happy new year and long live Egypt” Sisi Wrote.


Sisi met with Pope Tawadros II over a video conference, Wedesday to wish Copts and all Egyptians a merry Christmas, which is celebrated by Orthodox Christians on Jan. 7.

Sisi is the first Egyptian president who made it customary to visit the Cathedral on Jan. 7 of every year since 2015, which Copts in Egypt have held high regard. The coronavirus pandemic, however, prevented such visit.
In the video conference, the president emphasized citizenship and that no Egyptian’s rights and duties should be determined by his religion.
He said Egypt has a long history of coexistence between Muslims and Christians, adding that enemies of the country think that attacking comes begins at the heart, which is the unity of its people. However, he continued, the unity of the Egyptian people is something they are very proud of.
For his part, Pope Tawadros II thanked Sisi for the “patriotic gesture,” highlighting the “signals and messages” that this personal custom of the president entrenches unity and citizenship in the society.  



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