CAIRO: Egypt summoned Iranian Charge d’Affairs Mojtaba Amani on Tuesday over the Iranian diplomatic missions’ behavior, for allegedly holding meetings with people affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said Tuesday.
Amani was on vacation, and when he arrived in Cairo, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry summoned him to give certain remarks on the Iranian mission’s actions, which contradict diplomatic decorum, Adel Atty said in a press statement on Tuesday.
During the last few days, the ministry has monitored that the mission members held meetings with people affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been designated a terrorist group by former administration of the interim government on Dec. 25, 2013, Youm7 reported.
However, Amani told youm7 that he was meeting with Foreign Minister’s Assistant Ahmed Ismail to discuss the bilateral cooperation between both countries, denying that the ministry summoned him.
On Jan. 6, Egypt had summoned Amani to protest over the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marzieh Afkham’s remarks, when she announced her country is concerned over the escalation in violence between the Egypt’s Army and pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters, State-owned newspaper Al-Ahram said.
During former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s term, the relations between Egypt and Iran witnessed an improvement after 33 years of boycotting since the Iranian Islamic Revolution.
Reporting by Yossif Ayoub and Israa Fouad.