Egypt: More Copts coming to Italy, Riccardi

Govt attentive to protecting minorities, minister

01 February, 20:17

(ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 1 - In Italy and especially in the Puglia region there has been an increase in Copts coming from Egypt after the violence against the community over the past few months. This was said by Minister for Cooperation and Integration Andrea Riccardi in a hearing before the Chamber and Senate Foreign Affairs Commissions today in the parliament, reiterating that ''the Italian government is very attentive to the protection of religious minorities.'' The minister also underscored that development aid to Arab Spring countries is meant as support not only for economic development but also for their transition to a democracy.

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