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Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic businessman and founder of the Egyptian Liberals Party, said Egyptians need to unite in the face of terrorism in light of the recent violent attacks by Morsi supporters.
"Democracy dies if it succumbs to violence and rioting. In order to achieve democracy we must fight against terrorism," he explained.
On Thursday, the businessman wrote on Twitter that the Egyptian people have spoken and authorized the army and police to combat terrorism, saying, "Now the hour of unity and self-reliance has come to confront terrorism and its supporters abroad."
"It is imperative that we rely on ourselves, we are stronger if we unite, and this is a historic opportunity to allow the world to realize the value of Egypt and the Egyptians, builders of the pyramids."
Sawiris called upon the Egyptian people to ensure they make real progress through unity in patience, and unity through each forgetting their own pain, suffering and sacrifices.
While H.E. Bishop Ibrahim Isaac, Coptic Catholic Patriarch and head of the Catholic patriarchs and bishops in Egypt, said the past few days of bloodshed have been unspeakably sad.
"What we are going through, these days, in our country is very sad and painful for all hearts that love Egypt… but we are confident in the ability of the loving God, which bathes our beloved Egypt in his safety and returns the spirit of reconciliation, once again, between the sons of one homeland."
The patriarch also offered his sincere condolences to all families and relatives of the victims in the painful events.
"We ask for the Lord's healing for all of those wounded. God protect our Egypt from all evil and shelter it from all harm."