Egypt’s Minister for Diaspora and Migration Policy, Nabila Makram, on Friday expressed great satisfaction and offered her warmest congratulations for the self-sacrifice shown by the Egyptian fishermen who helped save human lives during the deadly fires in Mati, defying the danger and now receiving Greek nationality as their reward.
“You were Egypt’s best ambassadors and demonstrated your true bravery and humanity by saving Greek people who were in danger from the fires in Attica,” Makram said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).
The minister thanked Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for his decision to grant Greek citizenship to the two Egyptian fishermen.
On Tuesday Tsipras wrote that “the fishermen of Nea Makri, locals and migrants, battled heroically during the tragedy to save lives. The country recognizes their self-sacrifice and we thank them.”
A representative of the Nea Makri fishermen invited to speak requested that the PM grant three fishermen, two Egyptians and one Albanian, citizenship for their heroic and selfless action.
The three, he said, jumped into the sea to pull people onto boats despite life-threatening circumstances. Each has lived in Greece for at least 22 years and deserves to be recognized, he noted.
Tsipras responded, “We already consider these three fishermen fellow Greeks,” and said he has given the Ministry of the Interior directions to take up their case.