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US Secretary of State Meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amidst Continued Religious Freedom Concerns

There are around 300,000 Greek Orthodox Christians in Egypt; like our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters, they suffer sporadic persecution, discrimination, and harassment, as well as official obstacles to the building of churches and legal harassment.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Egypt, see here.

“Secretary of State Meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amidst Continued Religious Freedom Concerns,” International Christian Concern, November 11, 2021:

11/11/2021 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – This week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Washington to discuss the alliance between their two countries, facing tensions over Egypt’s continued abuses of religious freedom and human rights. Although many expected human rights to improve in the north African country following the lifting of Egypt’s four-and-a-half-year long state of emergency, human rights have yet to improve, causing some alarm to U.S. officials.

During the meeting between Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Shoukry, the two parties discussed the development of the U.S.-Egypt bilateral relationship, highlighting human rights conditions in Egypt….

During the state of emergency, Egyptian authorities detained citizens under laws that inhibited the rights of human rights activists and members of the minority Coptic Christian community and tried them in emergency courts. However, many of these activists, such as Coptic Christian Patrick Zaki, remain in prison despite the end of the state of emergency….

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