CAIRO, 8 January 2021 – Egypt’s two biggest religious groups – Muslims and Chrstians – are enjoying the best level of social peace, harmony and solidarity and understanding, a new report says.
The Egyptian Cabinet issued the report Wednesday, making reference to the period since the June 30 Revolution in 2013.
The report highligts what it calls citizenship values, saying these are based on inclusion, participation and equality among all citizens in terms of rights and duties, without any form of differentiation or discrimination.
Cairo said these values are the most important factors of the state’s stability and security.
The report cites Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as saying his government has fulfilled a 150-year drem by issuing “a law to build churches in Egypt (and) securing the right of worship for all citizens”.
“The state has to construct churches for its citizens, because… it is the right of the citizen to workship as he pleases,” the repport cites Sisi as saying.
President Sisi laid the cornerstone of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in Egypt’s futuristic New Administrative Capital.
The cathedral is the largest place of worship in the Middle East, beside the Al-Fattah Al-Aleem mosque.
During his visit to Egypt in April 2017 – the first such visit by any Pontiff – Pope Francis praised Egypt for the work it is doing to achieve co-existence among religions.
An estimated 90 percent of Egypt’s 101.8 million inhabitants in 2019 were Sunni Muslims.
The remaining 10 percent are Christians.