Egypt summons ambassador in Vatican protesting Pope statements

09:54, January 12, 2011      

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Egypt recalled its ambassador to Vatican back on Tuesday for consultation over the remarks of Pope Benedict XVI on Egyptian Coptic Christians, seen as "unacceptable interference" in Egyptian polices, said the Foreign Ministry.

In a massage to his counterpart in the Vatican, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit invoked several issues concerning the latest statements of the Vatican about the Egyptian Copts and the relationship between Muslims and Christians, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hosam Zaky.

Aboul Gheit declined in his massage any interference in Egypt's internal affairs under the name of promoting the idea of protecting the Copts in Egypt, after the New Year's eve bombing outside the Two Saints Church in Alexandria that caused 18 deaths and 96 injuries.

In a speech on Monday, Benedict condemned attacks on churches that killed dozens of people in Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria, and demanded that world governments must adopt effective measures to protect religious minorities.

Zaky asserted that Coptic issue is an internal Egyptian affair in the light of the social nature and the national identity in Egypt.

Egypt seeks to avoid the escalation of the tensions on religious bases, and it pursues to manage the available dialogue paths, said Aboul Gheit, while asking Vatican to adhere to the same trends.

Source: Xinhua
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