No interference in domestic affairs, says Egypt's Coptic Church

ABU DHABI - The Egyptian Coptic Church asked the Religious Freedom Committee of the US Congress not to intervene in the internal affairs of Egypt, according to Samir Murqos, official spokesman of the church.

In a statement to Akhbar Al Arab Arabic daily, Mr Murqos said that the church does not accept any intervention in the affairs of the Coptic community in Egypt, or any criticism of the Egyptian government or leadership of the church.

Mr Murqos said that the Religious Freedom Committee is serving only American goals and purposes, especially after the 9/11 tragedy where its role has tended to be more of control and authority.

"Any person wanting to criticise Egypt should come to Egypt and exercise his right of dialogue. All issues are subject to discussion on the national table where all the political powers and currents have the right to participate," he said.

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