Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ambassador Badr Abdel Attey expressed regret that the Peace and Security Council of the African Union had suspended Egypt after President Mohamed Morsy was toppled.
Abdel Attey said that this decision was taken based on information that "has nothing to do with the reality and it does not take into account what actually happened in Egypt on July 3, 2013, a response to the popular demand of tens of millions of Egyptians who took to the streets to demand early presidential elections."
The spokesperson said that the "move taken by the Egyptian armed forces has come in response to these demands and the demands of various political forces, and to prevent the likelihood of a clash between the sons of the nation that might have had disastrous implications."
The roadmap, presented in the armed forces' statement and which outlines early presidential elections and parliamentary elections, is currently being implemented.
Abdel Attey pointed out that Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr has had intensive contacts over the past two days with his African counterparts and senior officials of the African Union.
He provided a full explanation of the events taking place in Egypt and said that the armed forces' move cannot be described as an absolute military coup.
The spokesman said that Egypt's suspension does not mean it is no longer a member of the African Union.