Egypt Independent

FM to UN Officials: Situation in Egypt is an internal affair



 
 
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy met on Wednesday with UN's Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey D. Feltman, during his current visit to Cairo in a regional tour that included other countries in the region.
 
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said in a press statement that “the visit to Cairo was scheduled  a few weeks ago. The meeting with Minister Fahmy tackled the internal scene in Egypt, in addition to the situation in the Gaza Strip, and the developments of the Palestinian issue in light of the pivotal role historically played by Egypt to support this case."
 
He added that Fahmy "reported to the UN official the anger of Egypt, government and people", for the outside world's neglect of the reality of the situation in Egypt, and the lack of criticism and condemnation to "the party that plans, incites and commits criminal and terrorist acts against citizens and state installations hospitals and houses of worship, and targets public order and stability".
 
Fahmy stated Egypt's rejection to “the internationalization of the current situation in Egypt,” since it is an internal affair that has nothing to do with international peace and security.
 
“The responsibility of any democratic government is to provide security and safety for citizens and to face crime and terrorism in accordance with the law,” the minister said.
 
The spokesman pointed out that Fahmy explained that any possible external action against Egypt, “would not affect the decisions of the government, which stems from the will of the people, and targets the higher interest of the nation. All countries around the world resort to extraordinary measures when facing exceptional circumstances."
 
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern and condemnation on Tuesday about the ongoing violence in Egypt over the week, and the killing of hundreds in clashes with security after the disperse of the pro-Morsy sit-ins.
 
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm