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Ambassador Karim Sherif, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Togo, attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Togolese Ministry of Health and the Coptic Church in Egypt on December 19, 2017 in the presence of the Coptic Church pastor Hegumen Youhanna Ramzy in the West Africa region. Egypt's ambassador to Togo said that the memorandum contributes to developing cooperation in the medical field and to facilitate the procedures for organizing church medical convoys.
Ambassador Sharif added that the memorandum of understanding is the first of its kind between the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt and an African State on dispatching medical convoys, as it will contribute in facilitating the mission of the medical convoys in terms of determining the tasks and obligations of both sides, especially with regard to accommodation, transports, and getting the necessary permits, in addition to facilitating the procedures for the access of equipment and medicines with the members of convoys.
The Egyptian Ambassador noted that the signing of the memorandum takes place following the granting by the President of Togo Faure Gnassingbé, of a piece of land to the Egyptian Coptic Church to establish a church, and a medical and social center on it, after his last two visits to Egypt and his meetings with His Holiness Pope Tawadros.
The Togolese President had also met with His Eminence Grand Imam during his visit to Egypt. During the meeting, he asked for the possibility of considering the establishment of an Islamic center in Togo to spread the teachings of Islam and amend the religious discourse in light of the challenges of terrorism and extremism facing the West of Africa.