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Egypt's foreign minister angered by anchor's insults to Moroccan people

Shokri says relationships with kingdom have been excellent since July, 2013

Ahram Online, Thursday 17 Jul 2014
Sameh Shoukry
Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shokri says he is deeply angered by comments made by an Egyptian private TV anchor which insulted the Moroccan people.

In a discussion with editors of Egyptian newspapers on Thursday, Shokri said that the relationship between Egypt and the Morocco have been excellent since 3 July, 2013.

The foreign minister's comments came in an apparent reference to an offensive diatribe launched on Wednesday by a daytime anchor Amany El-Khayat of the privately owned satellite ONTV against Morocco after Hamas leader khaled Meshaal appealed to the kingdom for support against the current deadly Israeli assault on Gaza.

El-Khayat, a staunch opponent of Islamist movements including Hamas, claimed that Morocco's King Mohammed VI brokered a power-sharing deal with Islamist leaders during the outbreak of the Arab revolts in early 2011 – a time when many Islamists were pushing for top positions across the Arab world.

She then added that Morocco's economy was based on prostitution and – as proof – asked the audience to Google the ranking of Morocco in terms of AIDS prevalence.

"Any insult to the Moroccan people is entirely unacceptable," Shokri said.

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