Pompeo praises Egypt ‘freedoms’ during church and mosque visit

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Mike Pompeo tours the newly inaugurated Al-Fattah Al-Alim mosque, in Egypt's New Administrative Capital. (Reuters)
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Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan pose for photo as they tour the newly inaugurated Al-Fattah Al-Alim mosque. (Reuters)
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Security waits for the departure of Mike Pompeo, after his visit to the newly inaugurated Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity Christ, in Egypt's New Administrative Capital. (Reuters)
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The US Secretary of State leaves the newly inaugurated Cathedral of the Nativity Christ, in Egypt's New Administrative Capital. (Reuters)
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A member of the US Diplomatic Security takes a position as Mike Pompeo tours the newly-inaugrated Al-Fattah Al-Alim mosque. (AFP)
Updated 11 January 2019
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Pompeo praises Egypt ‘freedoms’ during church and mosque visit

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL, Egypt: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday praised Egypt’s religious freedoms as he visited a vast cathedral and a mosque in the country’s new capital east of Cairo.
Washington’s top diplomat, who describes himself as an evangelical Christian, is on a tour aimed at reassuring regional US allies after Washington’s shock decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.
On Thursday evening he visited the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ and the Al-Fattah Al-Alim mosque in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital, 45 kilometers east of the capital.
At the mosque, he praised Egypt’s “freedoms here in this houses of worship, these big, beautiful, gorgeous buildings where the Lord is clearly at work.”
The two buildings were inaugurated by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a church in the country where extremists have repeatedly targeted Christians.
“This is a special country where President El-Sisi clearly made a point by putting this, this largest cathedral in the Middle East here in this place,” Pompeo said, calling the building “a great symbol of hope.”
The cathedral’s inauguration was hailed by US President Donald Trump, who wrote on Twitter that he was “excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest Cathedral in the Middle East.”
“El-Sisi is moving his country to a more inclusive future,” Trump said.


Gaza authorities: 6 Egyptian fishermen rescued, 1 missing

Updated 10 min 58 sec ago
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Gaza authorities: 6 Egyptian fishermen rescued, 1 missing

  • The fishermen were taken to a Gaza hospital. Local media reports say a 48-year-old Egyptian was missing at sea

GAZA CITY: Gaza’s Hamas authorities say they have rescued six Egyptian fishermen in the stormy Mediterranean Sea but that one is still believed to be missing.
The Hamas media office says the rough sea washed the wreckage of their boat ashore on the Nusseirat beach in central Gaza Strip
The fishermen were taken to a Gaza hospital. Local media reports say a 48-year-old Egyptian was missing at sea.
The boat apparently was sailing off the coast of northern Sinai when it got caught up in the bad weather and heavy winter winds sweeping the region.