Iran concerned about developments in Egypt

Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi sit in front of barbed wire fencing that blocks the access to the headquarters of the Republican Guard in Cairo on July 8, 2013.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi voiced concern about the developments in Egypt, and called on Egyptian leaders to keep vigilant against enemies’ plots which have been designed in line with the Zionist regime’s interests.

“The current developments in Egypt have caused concern in the international community, the regional states and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Araqchi said in his weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

Warning that the conflicts in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and other regional states merely serve the interests of the Zionist regime, he said, “We hope that the regional and Egyptian leaders will have the necessary vigilance to defuse these plots and maintain their solidarity.”

Araqchi invited various Egyptian groups and parties to self-restraint, dialogue, and the root causes of the problems, and asked them to pay attention to the friendly advice of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, in Eid al-Fitr.

“This advice was the result of (the Leader’s) compassion and good will and was aimed at attracting attentions to the main enemy, meaning the Zionist regime.”

Addressing a massive crowd of worshippers during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran University on Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei voiced concern over the chaotic situation of certain regional countries, and urged the Egyptians and the Iraqis to preserve their vigilance against foreign plots to avoid civil war in their countries.

Ayatollah Khamenei condemned the terrorist attacks in Iraq, and said, “Such acts of terror are carried out to weaken the democratically-elected Iraqi government.”

The Supreme Leader pointed to the volatile situation in Egypt, saying, “The crisis in the North African country should be resolved by the Egyptian people themselves.”

Egypt plunged into violence after the country’s army ousted President Mohammad Mursi, a senior leader of Ikhwan al-Muslimun party, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament on July 3. The military overthrow followed days of mass protests against Mursi.

The army also declared chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim president.

Later in July, the Egyptian Prosecutor General ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the supreme leader of the group, Mohammed Badie, on charges of inciting violence.

Many people have been killed in violent clashes involving supporters and opponents of Mursi and security forces in the last few weeks.

By Fars News Agency


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