- Middle East/North Africa
An Egyptian citzien attempted to assault Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday evening.
The assault occurred at the residence the residence of Mojtaba Amani, the acting Iranian ambassador in Cairo, during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Iranian Islamic Revolution.
The attacker attempted to physically assault Ahmadinejad as he chanted, “Down with Iran, he must leave,” Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
A journalist for the Turkish news agency Anadolu who was present at the scene said that the aggressor was swiftly removed by security guards.
This is the second attempted attack on the Iranian president during his stay in Cairo to participate in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit, which concluded its activities on Thursday afternoon. Earlier this week, a young Syrian man tried to assault Ahmadeinjad as he was coming out of the Hussein Mosque and threw his shoe at him.
Ahmadinejad held a closed meeting on Thursday with a number of Egyptian politicians and leaders of Islamist forces, including Mahmoud Ezzat, adviser to the Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide; Hassan al-Shafei, adviser to the Al-Azhar grand imam; Alaa Aboul Azayem, head of the Sufi orders, and Mousa Abu Marzouq, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm