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Foreign Ministry spokesman’s statement regarding the terrorist attack in Alexandria

Saturday, 01 January 2011

Foreign Ministry spokesman Gregory Delavekouras issued the following statement today regarding the terrorist attack in Alexandria, Egypt, which left over 20 dead and 70 injured:

“We unequivocally condemn the atrocious terrorist attack at a church in Alexandria, Egypt, which targeted the faithful on their way to pray. This barbarous, criminal act, which cost over 20 people – Christians and Muslims – their lives – reminds us yet again of how vital and how necessary is our common struggle against terrorism. There is nothing that can justify or legitimize blind violence, wherever it may come from.

We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims and our wishes for speedy recovery of the injured. The government and people of Egypt must know that Greece is at their side in this difficult hour.”

Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas contacted Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmet Aboul Gheit earlier New Year’s Day by telephone, expressing the support and condolences of the Greek government on the bombing attack. Mr. Droutsas is to talk with Patriarch of Alexandria Theodoros II within the day.

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