15. Violating human rights, corruption, and class differences lead to tension in Egypt

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Prof. Dr. Mustafá al-Fiqqī discusses the problem of tension in Egypt and highlights to expatriate Copts the real reasons causing it

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The Head of the Foreign Relations Committee in the People’s Assembly, Prof. Dr. Mustafá al-Fiqqī, has called on expatriate Copts to be circumspect regarding false news about Egypt. Besides, he denies the existence of discrimination against Copts in Egypt, but acknowledges that there are problems facing them such as the need to increase their number in high-ranking jobs.
Afterwards, al-Fiqqī stresses that the concept of citizenship should be the dominant one. He also highlighted that a large number of Coptic demands started to be fulfilled during the rule of the current Egyptian President Muhammad Husnī Mubārak who, according to the author, is the best president who ruled Egypt after the revolution regarding his relations with the Copts.
In an interview with expatriate Copts in the main Coptic Church in Washington, al-Fiqqī said that the status quo in Egypt is not perfect and that Egypt, like the rest of the developing countries, suffers from incidents of human rights violations and corruption, yet it has also witnessed definite progress regarding the issue of national unity.
Moreover, al-Fiqqī stresses that the genuine development in Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt is reflected neither in the false information which reaches expatriate Copts nor in the rosy image portrayed through exchanging kisses between the shaykhs and the priests.
Finally, al-Fiqqī acknowledged the existence of tensions in Egypt, which are not only sectarian, but due to class differences and other problems facing Egypt as well.

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