Deeply frustrated with Myanmar massacres, Egypt summons ambassador

Deeply frustrated with Myanmar massacres, Egypt summons ambassador

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Mon, 05/11/2012 - 11:12

Egypt has expressed its frustration with renewed violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, calling on authorities there to adopt decisive measures to put an end to the massacres.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Amr Roshdy told DPA that the ministry summoned Myanmar’s ambassador Sunday to inform him of Egypt’s anger over the violence. The ministry delivered a message to Myanmar authorities calling for perpetrators behind the violence to be referred to justice and to cease discrimination against Muslims of any sect.

Egyptians demonstrated outside the Myanmar Embassy in Cairo in July to protest the killing of several Muslims from the Rohingya community by Buddhists, reportedly in retribution for the rape of a Buddhist woman by a group of Rohingyas.

Al-Azhar has called for support to Rohingya Muslims. Last week, the liberal Wafd Party called for the withdrawl of the Egyptian ambassador to Myanmar.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm