U.S. stands in solidarity with Egypt over Christian killings

| Updated: May 27, 2017 08:02 IST

Washington DC (US), May 27 (ANI): Expressing his solidarity over the Christian killings, U.S. President Donald Trump has said that America stands with President Al Sisi and all the Egyptian people today, and always, as they fight to defeat the common enemy. "Terrorists are engaged in a war against civilization, and it is up to all who value life to confront and defeat this evil. This merciless slaughter of Christians in Egypt tears at our hearts and grieves our souls. Wherever innocent blood is spilled, a wound is inflicted upon humanity. But this attack also steels our resolve to bring nations together for the righteous purpose of crushing the evil organizations of terror, and exposing their depraved, twisted, and thuggish ideology," Trump said in a statement. Trump said that America also makes clear to its friends, allies, and partners that the treasured and historic Christian Communities of the Middle East must be defended and protected, adding that the bloodletting of Christians must end and all who aid their killers must be punished. "Civilization is at a precipice-and whether we climb or fall will be decided by our ability to join together to protect all faiths, all religions, and all innocent life. No matter what, America will do what it must to protect its people," he added. Meanwhile, Following attacks on the Coptic Christians in Egypt, government jets have attacked positions in eastern Libya. The bombings were aimed at "terrorist" outposts, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said, adding that any form of state-sponsored terrorism should be punished. Irrespective of whether terrorists are inside or outside Libya's borders, they will be targeted by Egyptian attacks, the president added. Six "terrorist" camps were struck by the sortie, the Sputnik reported. Earlier on Friday, 28 Coptic Christians were ambushed and killed while en route to St. Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Egypt's Minya province. (ANI)

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