Foreign ministry condemns ‘Iranian interference’ in Egyptian affairs

Foreign ministry condemns ‘Iranian interference’ in Egyptian affairs

Fireworks light up the sky as Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians celebrate after Egytptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's speech announcing The Egyptian army toppling Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt's landmark Tahrir square on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.  (AFP Photo)

Fireworks light up the sky as Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians celebrate after Egytptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s speech announcing The Egyptian army toppling Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt’s landmark Tahrir square on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.
(AFP Photo)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned Iran for what it describes as “interference in Egyptian affairs.”

Badr Abdel Aty, official spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Iranian statements suggest “intervention in Egyptian affairs” and “is unacceptable in form and substance,” according to state news agency MENA.

Abdel Aty’s remarks come in response to comments made by Abbas Araghchi, the spokesman for the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs. In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency, Araghchi denied that the removal of Mohamed Morsi is a “failure of Islamic awakening.” He also criticised the intervention of the armed forces, saying: “it was not an appropriate way for military forces in a country to intervene in political affairs.” He also condemned the demonstrations against the former president, saying “it was not an appropriate way to change presidents.”

Abdel Aty meanwhile stressed “Egypt’s firm stance of refusing to intervene in the internal affairs of other states.”

Assistant minister for American affairs, Taher Farhat met with the ambassadors from Latin American countries, the United States and Canada on Sunday “to explain the recent developments in Egypt,” according to a statement released by the ministry on Sunday evening.

Farhat told the ambassadors that the removal of Morsi was a result of “mass popular demonstrations to demand early presidential elections and resulted in the announcement of the roadmap for the next phase of transition.” He added that the road map is designed to respond to the will of the Egyptian people, achieve stability and “continue the path of the January 25th Revolution.”

Farhat appealed to the ambassadors to “highlight the realities of what has occurred in Egypt to the media in their countries.” He added that the Egyptian people also look forward to “the international community’s continued support during this stage of political and social transformation.”

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