Iranian, Egyptian foreign ministers discuss Egypt’s developments

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Press TV -(Fri Jul 12, 2013) Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr have exchanged views on the latest developments in Egypt.

In a telephone conversation between Salehi and Amr on Thursday, the Iranian minister said Egypt’s fate should be determined by its own nation and that any decision made by the Egyptian people should be respected by all. 
“The trend of democracy which has started in Egypt will be a sustainable trend and will get stronger by the day,” Salehi said.
He called on all Egyptian political groups and elite to join hands and consolidate national unity as soon as possible.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always sought and will seek the best relations with Egypt,” the top Iranian diplomat pointed out.
The Egyptian minister, for his part, called for the highest level of ties with Iran, expressing hope his contacts with his Iranian counterpart would continue.
On July 3, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of Egypt’s army, announced that President Mohamed Morsi was no longer in office. Sisi also dissolved the Egyptian constitution.
The Chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as interim president on July 4.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi on July 8 dismissed as “unacceptable” the Egyptian Army’s intervention in the political affairs of the North African country, saying foreign hands are at work in Egypt.
“Definitely there are foreign hands at work and this issue cannot be denied…. Without a doubt a strong Egypt will not be desired by Westerners and the Zionist regime [of Israel]. Therefore, it is natural to consider their meddling in Egypt a possibility,” Araqchi added.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the detention of political activists in Egypt, saying, “There is no place for retribution or for the exclusion of any major party or community in Egypt.”

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