Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, Pope Francis condemned the brutal attack on innocent Christians.
In Egypt, April 9 trouble again. In this holy Sunday - Palm - when Christians remember the entrance day of the Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, a few Egyptian temples bombings that claimed the lives of dozens of people who became martyrs for the faith today. As news agencies reported, the first attacks were recorded in the Egyptian city of Tanta, located in the Nile Delta (located in 100 km southeast of Alexandria and 80 km north of Cairo). There blew Coptic Church of St. George and the Police Training Center, according to preliminary estimates, lost at least 25 people, 50 injured. The next target of terrorists became the Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark in Alexandria. Since the service was attended by the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Tavadros II, it's a lot of people. Bishop himself was not injured, but the lives lost, according to recent data, people 11, 35 injured. Among the deceased - selfless Egyptian police officer who tried to stop the villain who wanted to go to the temple, but the result is blown up at the entrance.
St. Mark has recently experienced a terrible attack. In December, a suicide committed 2016 undermining the bombs that killed at least 26 people. Then the responsibility for the attack, according to the BBC, took over the newly formed militant Islamist group "Hasmy." Now, according to news agencies, boasting a crime has decided to terrorist organization "Islamic State" (an organization whose activities are prohibited in the Russian Federation). In December last year, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announced three days of mourning and demanded to find and bring to justice the perpetrators of the crime. But the attack on Coptic Christians, unfortunately, continued, especially in the area of North Sinai. Egyptian authorities have tightened security around Coptic churches mode. Been there after the attack, the tourists pointed out that the police had exercised total control with the use of special equipment. But not from any evil can save people only by their efforts. It was clear that Cairo needed help in the fight against terrorism. Egypt tried to find it in the United States, where he went on a visit in early April this year, al-Sisi.
It seems that things are starting to take shape. Following the talks in the United States with President Donald Trump in an interview with US television channel Fox News the head of Egypt pointed out that his colleague is inherent in a true understanding of the realities of the Middle East, "a serious attitude and responsible action in combating extremism and terrorism in the region." Al-Sisi praised the leadership qualities Trump, adding that "I am confident in his abilities and strong-willed qualities," because he "can make an effort, that not everyone on the shoulder, he is able to succeed where others have failed." The Egyptian leader also noted "very intelligible and candid manner," the US president, his ability to "protect the interests of the American people," as well as "the novelty of its concept" of the United States in comparison to its predecessors in office. "We are very supportive of Egypt and its people," - said, in turn, Trump during his meeting with al-Sisi and added that Washington is growing strongly "at the highest level" of its own army to fight against the "Islamic State" (an organization whose activities banned in the Russian Federation) and assist allies.
Earlier the intention to come to Egypt to visit 28-29 April Pope Francis announced Radio Vaticana. Pontiff accepted the invitation of al-Sisi, Catholic Episcopate, Patriarch Tavadrosa II and Ahmed al-Tayyib, the Grand Imam of the leading Sunni Al-Azhar University. Francis went to Egypt to continue the dialogue with the representatives of Islam, which began last year during a visit to the Vatican, the great Imam al-Tayyib. This meeting of two religious leaders had a great importance because resumed regular contact Al-Azhar University with the Holy See, suspended in 2011 year, which deterioration attributed to the pope's statement of Benedict XVI on the absence in Egypt, religious freedom and the lack of protection of Christian holy places, came after the assassination of Coptic church in Alexandria. The apostolic journey of Pope was seen as a message of peace, addressed to all the religious and political world, and calls for the protection of Christians in the conflict zones in the Middle East, an end to violence and terrorism, solve problems through dialogue and negotiation, as Francis said during the November 2014 year meeting at the Vatican with the president of Egypt.
Coptic patriarch Tavadros II
Important in this situation remains the issue of security. Patriarch Tavadros II made a special appeal, which qualified the violence against Christians recorded in the northern Sinai, as an exception in a country where once the Holy Family fled from King Herod. Recalling this exciting story, the lord wanted to stem the tide of alarmism caused by reports of persecution of Christians in Egypt, who are so worried about the Coptic community. Tavadros II then emphasized that jihadist attacks affect not only Christians, but also the army, the police and the courts. And in the actions of the militants, listed as an "Islamic state" (an organization whose activity is banned in Russia), he saw the force, "alien to Egyptian society and want to divide Egypt." In other words, the patriarch hinted at what was involved in terrorist acts "external factors" outside the country groups and politicians who would like to present Egypt as a country torn apart by internal conflicts such as Iraq and Syria. Given that today's bombings in Cairo and Tanta thundered after constructive talks between President al-Sisi with President Trump, and on the eve of the visit of Pope Francis, it seems that the organizers of the terrorist acts in such a way intended to demonstrate to the world their capabilities and potential.
Condolences to the people and leadership of Egypt expressed Russia's President Vladimir Putin. "A crime committed in the midst of a religious holiday, is striking in its brutality and cynicism - it said in a telegram to the Russian leader. - It is obvious that the terrorists seek to intimidate not only the people but also to sow discord between the representatives of different confessions. But I am sure that they will not achieve their criminal goals. " Putin stressed that only by working together with other responsible members of the international community, Russia and Egypt will be able to fight back the forces of terror, as well as to "eradicate their hateful ideology." Donald Trump on his page on the social network Twitter wrote: "Sorry to hear about the terrorist attack in Egypt. US strongly condemns. I have a serious belief that President al-Sisi to cope with the situation properly. " Pope Francis at the end of the service in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican said: "My brother Tavadrosu II and the entire Egyptian people to express my deepest condolences. I am close to the family and the community. Lord, turn the hearts of those people who are sowing terror, violence and death, as well as the hearts of those who are engaged in arms trafficking. " It is a human reaction, the only true at such moments. But after it must be followed by action by the international community aimed at combating terrorism and not to address short-term political objectives.