Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs has slammed the recent deadly clampdown on protesters in Egypt as “unacceptable.”
Reacting to the latest developments in Egypt, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday, “The massacre and widespread crackdown in Egypt is unacceptable.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the immediate restoration of democracy and national dialogue in this country,” he added.
The Iranian diplomat further noted that enemies of Egypt seek to ignite a civil war in the Arab country, saying, “The Egyptian army should remain strong against the Zionist regime [of Israel].”
Amir-Abdollahian rejected any foreign interference in Egypt’s internal affairs, saying this runs counter to the goals of the country’s revolution.
He also called on Egypt’s religious scholars as well as political and state-run institutions and the elite to help end the violence in the North African country.
On Wednesday, Egyptian riot police reportedly moved in on two protest camps erected by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, launching a deadly operation against them.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said at least 2,200 people were killed and 10,000 others injured during fierce clashes with police forces in the capital.
Tension has intensified in Egypt since July 3 when the Egyptian army removed Morsi from office, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament.
Egyptian authorities say the interim government forces will stand firm against any more protests. The Muslim Brotherhood say they will continue with protests until they “bring down this military coup.”