Aoun Offers Condolences to Sisi, Tawadros over Church Blast Victims


President Michel Aoun held phone talks Sunday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to offer him condolences over the victims of a bomb attack that killed at least 25 people inside a Cairo church in the deadliest attack in recent memory on Egypt's Christian minority.

“This horrific crime that has shaken the conscience of humanity proves that terrorism is not deterred by any moral or religious considerations and that it is the peak of criminality,” Aoun told Sisi.

He also expressed the solidarity of the Lebanese president and people with “the brotherly Egyptian people,” state-run National News Agency said.

Aoun also called the spiritual leader of the Coptic Orthodox community in Lebanon Father Orshalimi Roweis to offer condolences to Coptic Pope Tawadros II.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing but Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population, have been previously targeted in jihadist attacks.

At least 31 people were also wounded in the blast, the health ministry said, as the attack drew condemnation from political and religious leaders and led President Sisi to declare three days of national mourning.

Comments 3
Missing cedars 11 December 2016, 21:00

Thank you mr president. May god rest their souls and give their family peace.

Thumb cedar 12 December 2016, 07:57

May they rest in peace. I'm glad that President Michel Aoun is fast on this, let Egypt know that there is a Christian Management presence in the Middle East.

Default-user-icon youju (Guest) 12 December 2016, 08:47

I'm just wondering the reason of Mr. Aoun to condemn the blast in Cairo but not to even mention about the twin blasts that claimed 38 lives in İstanbul on saturday night? Is it because the victims in Istanbul are not christians?