World Bulletin/News Desk
A host of Coptic figures has rejected US and European interference in Egypt's internal affairs on the pretext of protecting minorities.
"We condemn attempts by some western countries [to interfere in Egypt's affairs] on the pretext of protecting Christian minorities," Nagi William, editor-in-chief of Mashaheer magazine, told a Saturday press conference in Cairo.
"This is a pretext for political and military intervention," he added, calling on Copts to reject any statements by any western country or UN body that would use them as a "safe corridor" into Egypt.
William thanked Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Russia (all of which voiced support for Egypt's military-backed rulers after last month's ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi) and called on Moscow to stand up against "American hegemony."
He went on to condemn Qatar for what he described as "support for the Muslim Brotherhood to serve Israel's interest."
Qatar had been a prominent supporter of Morsi's presidency, offering Egypt $4 billion in financial assistance during his one year in office.
Saturday's press conference was attended by a host of Coptic figures, including Naguib Gabriel, head of the Egyptian Federation for Human Rights, and Shenouda Mansour, a priest of the Saint Mary Church.
Attendees released a document entitled "Document of the Homeland," in which they said, "We do not want America or Europe, but need our Muslim brothers."
They also accused the Muslim Brotherhood of practicing the "worst kind of violence and bloodshed," killing 25 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula and purchasing western media outlets to launch fierce attacks on Egypt through countries that see Morsi's ouster as a "military coup."
Egypt has been in a state of turmoil since the military ousted Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against his presidency.
The unconstitutional change of government is described by supporters of the Islamist president as a "military coup," while his opponents describe it as a military-backed uprising.Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ağustos 2013, 17:09