Egypt summons ambassadors of countries that condemned human rights conditions
Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy - AP/Hassan Ammar

CAIRO: The Foreign Ministry summoned Thursday the ambassadors of the European countries which signed the cross-regional statement in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva.regarding the human rights conditions in Egypt.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the “the purpose [of summoning the ambassadors] is to deliver a strongly worded protest message about their countries’ joining of the cross-regional statement.”

This came in response to the joint statement issued on March 7, signed by 27 members of the Human Rights Council, expressing concern about human rights violation in Egypt, referring to among other things “the escalating violence, restrictions on the rights to peaceful assembly,” calling Egypt to halt such violations.

Meanwhile, the ministry’s statement said the “cross-regional statement contained lots of fallacies” and that the ambassadors were informed about Egypt’s rejection of any attempts to interfere with its internal affairs.

It added that the European Union should have offered a tangible support to help completing the transitional process according to the roadmap, “if it was keen to contribute positively in laying the democratic structure.”

However, the ministry praised the countries which did not sign the statement, arguing that this reflects their understanding of the current Egyptian political scene and their keenness on future relations with Egypt.

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