Egypt summons Iranian official over protest comments
Iranian foreign spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said last week that Tehran was worried over the escalating violence in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, since the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July. (AFP/File)
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Egypt on Monday summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires in Cairo to protest over recent Iranian statements on Egypt, the foreign ministry said.
Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham had said last Saturday that her country was worried by the recent escalation in violence between Egypt's army and protesters supporting former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
At least 17 people were killed on Friday in clashes between the police and supporters of Morsi, who was ousted by the army in July amid mass protests against his rule.
"The Iranian comments were an unacceptable interference in Egypt's internal affairs," Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty told Reuters.