Iran urged the Egyptian armed forces on Tuesday to play their role in supporting national dialogue and respecting the people’s vote
Iran urged the Egyptian armed forces on Tuesday to play their role in supporting national dialogue and respecting the people’s vote.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdullahian said on Tuesday that Tehran saw the involvement of Egyptian people in the domestic affairs of the country as a national asset, and that paying attention to the popular vote contributed to stability in Egypt.
The Iranian official also commented on the fact that President Mohammad Mursi was chosen through national election, warning the Egyptian people against foreign plots.
“Mohammad Morsi is the incumbent president based on the people's vote,” Abdollahian told the official IRNA news agency.
He warned against division within Egypt. “Dividing the Egyptian nation yields no gain,” Abdollahian said, adding that respecting people's vote was of utmost importance for Egypt's stability.
The Egyptian army on Monday issued an ultimatum to Mursi, the country's first democratically elected president, threatening to intervene in 48 hours and impose its own "road map" if the Islamist did not meet the demands of the people.
The army's warning came just a day after millions of protesters took to the streets across Egypt, calling for Mursi to step down.
The Egyptian presidency rejected the ultimatum, insisting that Mursi would continue on his own path towards national reconciliation.