Egypt's FM condemns Mideast violence

Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy denounced escalation of violence in Lebanon and Syria, but not the massacre in his country

Egypt's FM condemns Mideast violence

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt's top diplomat has condemned the latest spate of violence in the Middle East including a poison gas attack in Syria and last Friday's twin bombings in Lebanon.

"I condemn the latest surge of violence in Syria and the blasts in Lebanon's Tripoli," Fahmy told a press appearance on Sunday following a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh in capital Amman.   

Syrian opposition groups have accused regime forces of staging a pre-dawn chemical weapon attack last Wednesday, which they claimed had killed more than 1,000 people including women and children. Damascus has rejected the accusation as Russia -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's strongest ally -- had said the poison gas attack might have been carried out by Syrian rebels.

In last Friday's simultaneous bomb attacks in two Sunni neighborhoods in Tripoli, Lebanon, killed at least 47 people and wounded hundreds more.     

Defending his military-backed government’s roadmap in Egypt, Fahmy said: "State of emergency will cease if security is restored."

On July 3, Egypt's powerful military ousted country's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi. The army announced a "roadmap" that suspended the constitution and appointed head of Egypt's highest court as interim president.  

Fahmy said Egypt and Jordan could not remain quiet against what has been going on in Palestine and Syria and claimed that some major problems in the Middle East were originating from Arab countries themselves and some others from "foreign powers".

Regarding an upcoming meeting between the two countries' chiefs of general staff that would be hosted by Jordan, the Egyptian foreign minister said the meeting was a pre-organized event, "not a hastily arranged one as a reaction to Syria".

Fahmy also said he was set to visit Ramallah.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2013, 11:58