In a two-day visit, Archbishop Welby will visit St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo to meet Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, to pay condolences over the death of 21 Egyptians in Libya last February.
Archbishop Welby is also scheduled to meet Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of al Azhar, during his visit.
The Islamic State (IS) group kidnapped 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian migrant workers in the city of Sirte, Libya in January 2015. And in Feb. 15, ISIS published a video showing the beheading of the captives on a beach along southern Mediterranean coast.
The Copts were kidnapped “in revenge for” an Egyptian woman who was allegedly tortured in an Egyptian churche over converting to Islam, according to IS’ English-language magazine Dabiq.