CAIRO: The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded Saturday to U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf’s statements about Egypt which were released during the Daily Press Briefing Thursday, describing them as “total ignorance and failure to know of current events and facts in Egypt”.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said in statements that drawing a comparison between Egypt and Israel reflects the lack of the most basic rules of credibility and objectivity. It’s “unacceptable and unjustified,” he commented.
“Saying that Egypt used ammunition against its own people indicates a total ignorance of the facts in Egypt; meanwhile, Israel is killing civilians every day in Palestine,” Abdel Atty said.
He questioned the reason behind ignoring to mention what he called the actual events and “when and where” Egypt used weapons against its own people especially F-16 fighters and Apaches, “She didn’t mention that either on purpose or due to ignorance. Anyone that we had dealt with using weapons was trying to impose their own will on Egyptians and on the state,” he said.
“We are also protecting our borders against terrorist attacks which the whole world had asked us firmly to confront, including the United States,” Abdel Atty said according to statements published on the ministry’s website.
Marie Harf was highly criticized by Egyptian politicians after she compared between Egypt and Israel’s relation to the United States during the Daily Press Briefing Thursday , she said that “the U.S. has a very longstanding, well-known military-to-military relationship with Israel, very different than the one with Egypt.”
“It’s not in any way breaking news to people that we have a very close security relationship with Israel and that we supply them with weapons. We talk about it very openly. That’s not new. That’s not a surprise to anyone,” Harf said
When asked about giving Israel additional military aid, and if that aid would prolong or worsen the ongoing conflict, Harf responded that the main focus of the United States is to reach a ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza Strip, adding that the two situations in Egypt and Gaza are totally different, as Egypt was using arms against its own people, but Israel is “using them to fight a terrorist organization, which we believe is legitimate self-defense”.
In previous statements to The Cairo Post, Norhan Al-Shikh, Manager of the American Research Center in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, said that these statements are considered an extension of the American policy concerning the June 30 demonstrations, and reflect a blind backing of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Former Foreign Minister of Egypt Nabil Al-Araby refused to comment on Harf’s statements.
Mohamed Zaraa, head of the Arabian Organization for Penal Reform, said in statements to Sada Al-Balad Saturday that Harf’s statements were undiplomatic and untrue.
He added that the American military aid that comes to Egypt is usually observed by high-level administrations.”Such inaccurate, unjustified statements should be stopped and investigated.”