Protests in Cairo over Iranian Prez Ahmadinejad`s visit

Last Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 09:00

Cairo: Scores of Egyptians and Syrians have protested outside the Iranian Embassy in the capital city over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s historic visit to the country to participate in the summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation(OIC).

The protesters held demonstrations outside the embassy yesterday over the Iranian President`s visit to the country, the first since the Iranian revolution in 1979.

"The Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsy should not have met with him," said Yehia al-Sherbiny, the coordinator of the Muslim Rebels Movement, who also threatened to use any means to prevent Shia ideologies from taking over.

Others were angered over Ahmadinejad`s support of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian protester Ezz Eddin Khalil said Morsy`s welcome of Ahmadinejad meant he also supported Assad`s slaughter of the Syrian people.

Ahmadinejad was in Cairo to attend the two-day Islamic Summit that kicked off yesterday. He also met with Egyptian religious figures at Al-Azhar on Tuesday, including Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, which further angered protesters.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Yasser Ali said yesterday that renewing ties with Iran depends on the country`s continued support of Syria`s Assad.

`Everyone knows Iran`s influence in Syria," said Ali during a press conference on the sidelines of the Islamic Summit.

On Tuesday, Ahmadinejad had narrowly escaped being hit by shoes hurled at him -- a grave insult in the Arab world.

A video posted by the Anadolu news agency shows a smiling Ahmadinejad shaking hands with a crowd of supporters at Cairo`s al-Husseina mosque on Tuesday when at least one man threw a shoe toward him. Other men also threw shoes at Ahmadinejad, the Egyptian public prosecutor`s office said.
The men behind the attack were four Salafis, the office added.

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More than 25 prime ministers and presidents are taking part in a two-day summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo, which brings together leaders from across the Muslim world.

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First Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 09:00

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