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Egypt’s President Sisi Welcomes Freed Ethiopians Fleeing Libya in Cairo

Egypt’s President Sisi Welcomes Freed Ethiopians Fleeing Libya in Cairo

Ethiopians arrived on an Egyptian plane in Cairo after fleeing Libya
Ethiopians arrived on an Egyptian plane in Cairo after fleeing Libya

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi welcomed on Thursday a group of Ethiopian nationals who were abducted in neighbouring Libya and flown back on an Egyptian plane, reported state television.

Twenty-seven Ethiopians received Sisi’s welcome, in the presence of the Ethiopian ambassador to Cairo, at the Cairo International Airport, after the success of Egyptian authorities in setting them free.

“What happens in Libya is a concern for all of us, and we are saying to the world that Libya should return a safe and stable country for its people and even to its visitors,” Sisi said during a press conference at the airport.

“We were very concerned about our Ethiopian brothers after the criminal beheading during the previous days.”

Sisi stressed in a short address aired on state television that there is no separation between Egyptians, Ethiopians and Sundanese. “We all drink the same water,” Sisi said, in reference to the Nile River which the three countries share.

Sisi welcomes fleeing Ethiopians in Cairo (Credit: Youm7).
Sisi welcomes fleeing Ethiopians in Cairo (Credit: Youm7).

Egypt uses its force to defend rights and protect sovereignty, Sisi said, and not to commit violence or abduction.

The president condemned the incident of shooting and beheading over two dozen Christian Ethiopians in Libya, at the hands of militants who identified themselves as the Libyan division of the Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria last month.

The same group of militants released a video in February showing the beheading of 21 Christians, including 20 Coptic Egyptians, in Libya.

Egypt’s air force conducted in February air strikes which it says hit militant targets a day afterwards, in response to the attack.

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  • selam

    God bless you and all Egyptian. … thank you for your kindness

  • selam

    Thank you Mr. President
    You rescued our poor people there is no Government in Ethiopia but symbol

  • Ephrem Esayas

    ﺷﻜﺮ

  • hellen

    We can’t thank you enough Mr president

  • yidnekachew

    Thank you Mr. President, your work shows your greatness. God Bless you!

  • Yared Tesfaye

    thank u Mr.President for what u did!!!!

  • Mebratu Tegen

    Our heart is highly touched by your great deed! We are greatly thankful indeed Mr. President

  • Taye Tol

    I can’t thank Mr. President enough for this historic gesture. Love is a solution for everything! May God bless you and your people!

  • Ordinary Ethiopian

    Thank you Prez Sisi. Thank you Egypt.

  • libertà per tutti

    Mr. President i am very impressed for your kindness and valuable help for our brother and it changes my wrong attitude that Egyptians are always against us (Ethiopian). you and your country make a history which our gov’t didn’t for our fellow citizen. thanks again

  • Zekazan

    I salute you Mr. President for your commendable Work in helping the stranded ethiopians in libya.Thankyou, and know that there are many more millions of ethiopians who will be touched by this nice gesture

  • zekazan

    I salute you Mr. President for your commendable Work in helping the stranded ethiopians in libya.Thankyou, and know that there are many more millions of ethiopians who will be touched by this nice gesture.

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