Singapore leaders send condolences to Egypt over attack on Coptic Christians

Mourners gather at the Sacred Family Church for the funeral of Coptic Christians who were killed on Friday in Minya, Egypt on May 26, 2017.
Mourners gather at the Sacred Family Church for the funeral of Coptic Christians who were killed on Friday in Minya, Egypt on May 26, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, respectively, have written to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to offer their condolences over Friday's (May 26) attack on Coptic Christians in Minya, Egypt, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr Tan said he was appalled by the attack which killed and injured many innocent Egyptians.

"On behalf of the people of Singapore, I convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and victims," he wrote in the letter to President Al Sisi.

"This senseless attack is yet another reminder of the global scourge of terrorism. Singapore strongly condemns this cowardly act. I am confident that under your leadership, Egypt will remain united in the face of adversity," wrote Dr Tan.

Mr Lee said he was shocked and saddened by the deadly attack.

"Singapore strongly condemns this senseless act of violence. I convey my deepest sympathies to the Egyptian people and to the families who have lost their loved ones," he wrote in the letter to Mr Ismail.

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said its embassy in Cairo is in touch with Singaporeans in Egypt and there are no reports of Singaporeans directly affected or injured in the incident.