Iran, UAE urge prevention of Egyptian-Egyptian clashes

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood members gather during a demonstration at Raba al-Adwyia Mosque in Nasr City, Cairo, on July 7, 2013.

Foreign ministers of Iran and the United Arab Emirates have stressed the importance of democracy restoration in Egypt and called for the prevention of Egyptian-Egyptian clashes.

In a telephone conversation on Sunday, Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed exchanged views on the latest developments in Egypt.

The two ministers emphasized that democracy should be restored to Egypt and Egyptian-Egyptian clashes should be prevented in the North African country.

Salehi and Zayed called for the continuation of bilateral talks and agreed to hold a meeting at the earliest.

The Iranian Foreign Minister had earlier held telephone conversations with interim Egyptian Vice-President Mohamed ElBaradei and his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Kamel Amr, to discuss the ongoing crisis in the country.

Salehi also paid a visit to Turkey on Friday and held talks with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, on major regional developments most importantly Egypt and Syria.

Egypt plunged into a fresh wave of unrest after General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian army, declared on July 3 that Mohamed Morsi was no longer in office as president, and announced the suspension of the country’s constitution after days of massive anti-government protests across Egypt.

A day later, chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, was sworn in as the interim president. The Egyptian military said Morsi was being held “preventively.”

Since the ouster of Morsi, Egypt has been the scene of rival rallies and clashes between thousands of his supporters and opponents.

By Press TV

 

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