World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday told Egypt's Coptic Pope, Tawadros II, that he personally monitored developments related to the recent kidnapping of several Christian citizens in neighboring Libya.
Sisi assured the Pope that all concerned agencies would do their best to find the truth about the situation, the presidency said.
It added in a statement that al-Sisi had instructed the government to provide the necessary care to the families of the kidnapped nationals.
On Thursday, a Libyan branch of the ISIS group said that it had kidnapped 21 Egyptian Christians. It also published photos of some of them clad in orange jumpsuits.
Following this announcement, Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church said it was working to verify the photos, while the Egyptian presidency said it was closely following developments.
Libya has remained a source of concern for neighboring Egypt since the oil-rich North African country descended into chaos following the 2011 ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
Egyptians in particular became targets in Libya, prompting Egypt's Foreign Ministry to warn citizens against travelling to the fractious neighboring state.