Iran stresses adherence to law in Egypt
Press TV -(Sun Jul 7, 2013) Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi has underscored the importance of fulfilling the popular demands of the Egyptian nation through legal channels.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses the fulfillment of the legitimate public demands in Egypt, but we believe this should be achieved through legal paths,” Araqchi said on Sunday.
“We believe that governments elected by popular vote should be respected and the people’s demands must be pursued through the channels stipulated by law,” he added.
“We do not consider the interference of military forces in political affairs and the change of governments that have come to power through elections a proper measure,” the Iranian diplomat pointed out.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman praised Egypt as the “flag bearer of political developments in the Arab world,” which plays a key role in the Islamic Awakening, adding, “The maintenance of territorial integrity, solidarity, tranquility, stability and the unity of the political circles in Egypt, as a great and important country in the Muslim world, is important to us.”
Egypt plunged into a fresh wave of unrest after the Egyptian army overthrew President Mohamed Morsi following days of massive anti-government protests across Egypt.
General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian Army, declared on June 3 that Morsi was no longer in office and announced the suspension of the country’s constitution.
A day later, the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as interim president of the country. The Egyptian military also said Morsi was being held “preventively.”
Araqchi described the political environment in Egypt as “full of ambiguity” and “not very easy to be judged,” adding, “In Egypt, on the one hand, we face the popular demands that need to be addressed, and, on the other hand, we witnessed the inefficiency of the government of Mr. Morsi, which had its own consequences and we had seen them in the country’s foreign policy.”
He pointed to the multi-faceted nature of the Egyptian crisis and the instances of foreign interference in the country and stressed that Iran will soberly follow the developments in the North African country.
“The recent developments in Egypt cannot be construed as a failure of the Islamic Awakening or Islamic tendencies; from the outset, we had known and said that the Egyptian revolution would have tough years ahead on its way to stability,” Araqchi pointed out.
On Friday, tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters took to the streets across the country to protest against what they called a coup, and clashes broke out between pro-Morsi and opposition protesters and security forces that left 36 people dead and more than 1,000 injured.
Earlier on Friday, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie said the military coup against Egypt’s first democratically elected president was illegal and millions would remain on the street until Morsi was reinstated as president.