“I strongly condemn the violent clashes that occurred outside Cairo’s St Mark's Coptic Cathedral on 7 April, leaving at least one person dead and many others injured,” the minister said. “I offer my condolences to the families of the victims, and urge all to show restraint.”
“Freedom of religion and belief is a vital component of a democratic society, and it is important that individuals are able to visit their places of worship safely and peacefully. And that security forces act effectively to protect them.”
“We welcome the news that there will be an investigation into the incident,” Burt added.