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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Selection of the Coptic Pope

The President sends his warm congratulations to Coptic Orthodox Christians and all Egyptians on the joyous occasion of the selection of Bishop Tawadros as the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of all Africa on the Holy See of St. Mark the Apostle.  The United States shares Bishop Tawadros' commitment to unity, tolerance, and interfaith dialogue.  We wish him great success in leading the Middle East’s largest Christian community during a time of great change in the region, and reaffirm our strong support for religious freedom and mutual respect among people of all faiths.  The American people will continue to stand with Egyptians of every faith as they work to fulfill the goals of their revolution, including freedom, dignity, and economic opportunity.