Egypt’s new am­bas­sador to Is­rael vis­its Cop­tic Ortho­dox Church in Jerusalem

Azmy stressed right of Egyp­tian Church in Deir Al-Sul­tan Monastery

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Egypt’s new am­bas­sador to Is­rael, Khaled Azmy, started his diplo­matic mis­sion on Tues­day by vis­it­ing the Egyp­tian Cop­tic Ortho­dox Church in Jerusalem, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Ahmed Hafez.

Azmy and the em­bassy’s del­e­ga­tion were re­ceived by Bishop An­to­nios, the prelate of the Jerusalem chair and Near East. The am­bas­sadors of­fered their con­do­lences for the vic­tims of the Minya at­tack in Egypt last week, stress­ing that ter­ror­ism will never suc­ceed in di­vid­ing Egyp­tians. He praised the na­tional role of the Cop­tic Church.

The visit comes two weeks after the Is­raeli as­sault against the Deir Al-Sul­tan Monastery monks in front of the Church of the Holy Sepul­chre, in the Old City of East Jerusalem, and de­tain­ing one of the priests, who was re­leased after that.

Azmy stressed the right of the Egyp­tian Church in Deir Al-Sul­tan Monastery.

Two weeks ago, Is­raeli sol­diers as­saulted Egyp­tian monks in the Deir Al-Sul­tan Monastery, after their demon­stra­tion against an Is­raeli de­ci­sion which de­nies the church has the right to con­duct the needed ren­o­va­tion work in­side the monastery, which is lo­cated on the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepul­chre.

The Egyp­tian Copts re­jected any amend­ments on the roof of the monastery from the Is­raeli side or the Ethiopian Cop­tic Church which claims own­er­ship of the Egyp­tian monastery.

Egypt has his­tor­i­cal rights in the Deir Al-Sul­tan Monastery in Jerusalem since the holy site was gifted to the Egyp­tian Cop­tic Ortho­dox Church by Sul­tan Salah Al-Din Al A you by after he lib­er­ated Jerusalem from the cru­saders in 1187. Egyp­tian monks have been liv­ing at the monastery for over 200 years.

Am­bas­sador Khaled Azmy

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