Salafi Party demands alcohol embargo at Egypt’s diplomatic missions

The Asala Party has requested Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr instruct Egypt's diplomatic missions abroad to not offer alcoholic beverages during official events.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Salafi-oriented party suggested redirecting funds allocated for alcoholic beverages to the Finance Ministry back home to help provide health services for citizens.

It said the proposed measure should apply to all months of the year and not only the holy month of Ramadan, which began last Friday.

On Sunday, Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour modified the rules for tourist facilities, such as restaurants, nightclubs and hotels, by banning the sale of alcoholic beverages to Egyptians on all religious occasions and not just during Ramadan, out of respect for Muslims, who make up around 90 percent of the population.

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