Egypt strongly dissatisfied with statements by Iranian officials

Egypt on Wednesday expressed strong dissatisfaction with statements of Iranian officials and considered it an unacceptable interference in internal affairs.

“The statements reflect a lack of precise knowledge of the nature of the democratic developments in Egypt,” said Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Aty.

On Monday Abbas Araqchi, the spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, called the Egyptian army's ousting of president Mohamed Morsy "unacceptable" and said that Israel and the West did not want to see a powerful Egypt.

Iran welcomed the popular overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, calling it an "Islamic awakening" inspired in part by its own revolution in 1979. After Morsy's election victory last year, Iran sought to repair its strained relationship with Egypt.

However, the two countries now find themselves supporting opposing sides in the Syrian civil war. While Shi'ite Iran is President Bashar al-Assad's closest ally, largely Sunni Muslim Egypt under Morsy voiced its support for the mostly Sunni rebel groups seeking to overthrow him.

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