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Coptic church negotiates to restore the Monastery of the Sultan in Jerusalem

Amany Moussa

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Tuesday ,09 August 2016

Coptic church negotiates to restore the Monastery of the Sultan in Jerusalem

Father Poulos Halim, spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church, said that the Coptic church is negotiating the restoration of the Monastery of the Sultan in Jerusalem from the Ethiopian church.

A delegation of Coptic bishops has traveled to Jerusalem to discuss the problem that needs restoration work.
 
Negotiations took place in the presence of representatives of the Egyptian embassy in Israel and the Ethiopian delegation headed by Bishop of the Ethiopian Church in the Holy land.
 
It’s worth mentioning that ownership of the monastery has been a source of contention between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, with both factions stating longstanding historical claims to the property. Deir El-Sultan is one of several holy sites in the area which are contested by various Christian denominations. Coptic church has filed lawsuit in Israeli court to claim her rights to restore the monastery that belong to it before the 1967 retardation.