Egypt on diplomatic offensive to explain developments

Egyptian ambassadors have held meetings with officials and media outlets in six countries in an effort to explain developments in Egypt following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi

Egypt on diplomatic offensive to explain developments

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egyptian ambassadors have held meetings with officials and media outlets in six countries in an effort to explain developments in Egypt following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi

Egyptian ambassador in Paris Mohamed Mustafa held a press conference on Thursday to explain the situation in Egypt since June 30 protests, which led to Morsi's ouster by the army, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Egyptian envoy "shed light on details on the roadmap and reiterated commitment of the Egyptian authorities to implement the plan," according to the statement.

The powerful army ousted Morsi, the country's first democratically-elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.

The unconstitutional change of government is described by supporters of the Islamist president as a "military coup," while his opponents describe it as a military-back uprising.

Under an army-imposed roadmap for post-Morsi transition, the constitution was suspended and installed Adly Mansour, the head of the constitutional court, as interim president.

Egyptian ambassador to Uruguay Sami Salem conveyed two messages from Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi to his Uruguanian counterpart on Egypt's developments and last week's dispersal of anti-coup protest camps in Cairo last week.

Hundreds of people were killed last week when Egyptian security forces violently cleared two sit-ins staged by anti-coup demonstrators in Cairo and Giza.

The envoy said that "the dispersal of the sit-ins was in line with a decision issued by the Judicial Authority after failure of mediation efforts", the Foreign Ministry said in a second statement.

The envoy reiterated that the interim government was committed to implementing the army-imposed roadmap for transition.

Egypt's ambassador to Canada Wael Abdel-Maguid also held a series of interviews with Canadian newspapers to shed light on developments in the country and "shows depression of the Egyptians at the biased coverage of the foreign media", according to the Foreign Ministry statement.

The Egyptian ambassador to Serbia also made an interview with Tanjug news agency to highlight threats posed to Egypt's national security by violence committed by armed groups.

The envoy stressed that the government was observing self-restraint and was not rushing to adopt security options.

The Egyptian envoy in Senegal also held a press conference to expound that "the June 30 protests were a popular revolution to restore democracy".

Egyptian charge d'affaires in Mauritius held an interview with the state-run radio to show that "Egypt was moving toward stability". He expounded that the June 30 demonstrations were a popular revolution to establish real democracy.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ağustos 2013, 14:11
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