Egypt: Tawadros - State Needs to Reassure Copts

The displacement of Egypt's Coptic population is unacceptable, hateful, and tarnishes the nation's international reputation, the newly-elected patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Bishop Tawadros II, said on Monday 5/11/2012.

In an interview with the privately-owned TV station, Tawadros said it is the role of the state to protect its citizens, and Copts are in need of reassurance from the government on many issues.

"We live in a society where there are rights and duties," Tawadros said, adding that there needed to be more education about sectarian strife and the need to respect others in schools, families and in the media.

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