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Egypt's Sisi says freedom of expression stops at offending more than 1.5 billion people

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a joint press conference with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis after a trilateral summit between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus October 21, 2020. Iakovos Hatzistavrou/Pool via REUTERS

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday freedom of expression should stop at offending more than 1.5 billion people, following the display of images in France of the Prophet Mohammad that Muslims see as blasphemous.

Sisi also said he firmly rejects any form of violence or terrorism from anyone in the name of defending religion, religious symbols or icons.

Reporting by Nadine Awadalla; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Catherine Evans