Iran calls for national dialogue, restraint in Egypt

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Tuesday, 09 July 2013

iran flaq13Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi says national dialogue is the only solution to the recent crisis in Egypt, urging all sides of the conflict to exercise restraint.

During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Araqchi condemned the recent deadly incidents in Egypt and

expressed regret over the death of a large number of Egyptian people over the past few days.

The Iranian official called on all the concerned parties in Egypt to avoid further violence.

Egypt has been the scene of rival rallies and clashes between the supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, as political turmoil escalates in the country.

Egypt’s Health Ministry and emergency services said on Monday that more than 50 people had been killed during the clashes between the army and Morsi supporters outside the Republican Guard barracks in the capital, Cairo.

“The continuation of tension and conflict in Egypt has caused deep concern in all countries particularly regional states, and we are worried about the consequences of the violence and bloodshed inside Egypt and its outcome for the region,” Araqchi added.

Araqchi also urged respect for human rights, democratic principles and the legitimate demands of the people, as well as finding a solution based on national consensus and unity among the different groups in Egypt in order to maintain solidarity in the country.

On July 3, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of Egypt’s army, announced that President Morsi was no longer in office. Sisi also dissolved the Egyptian constitution.

The chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as interim president on July 4.

Morsi is reportedly being held “preventively” by the military. Senior army officials say he might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents.

Iran-P5+1 talks

Responding to questions about Iran’s comprehensive talks with the P5+1 group of countries, Araqchi said “until the [Iranian] president-elect (Hassan Rohani) is inaugurated and has his cabinet members in place, no formal negotiations can occur between Iran and the P5+1.”

He further noted that both sides are waiting for this transition period to go by, and that the talks would take place at the due time.

Iran and the P5+1 - comprising the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany - have held several rounds of talks on a range of issues, with the main focus being on Iran’s nuclear energy program. The two sides wrapped up their latest round of negotiations on April 6 in the Kazakh city of Almaty. An earlier meeting had been held in Almaty on February 26-27.

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