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Egypt Cabinet extends apology to Saudi Arabia

Cabinet's statement condemns hostile 'individual acts' against Kingdom's embassy, affirms strength of Egypt-Saudi ties

Ahram Online, Saturday 28 Apr 2012
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Egypt's Cabinet released on Saturday a statement apologising for the actions of certain protesters against the Saudi Arabian embassy in Cairo, stressing that such acts only represent agrieved individuals. 

In the statement, the government further condemned any act against the Saudi embassy describing it as "irresponsible" and "spontaneous" moves that harm "deep-rooted" Egypt-Saudi relations.

The statement was released after Saudi Arabia decided on Saturday afternoon to withdraw its ambassador from Egypt and close its embassy and consulates in the country.

Egyptians have been protesting against the Kingdom at its embassy in the Giza district of Cairo, calling for the release of lawyer Ahmed El-Gizawi and denouncing the mistreatment of Egyptians in the oil rich country. El-Gizawi was detained for reportedly "defaming the king," after he filed a lawsuit in a South Cairo court against Saudi monarch King Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz Al-Saud on behalf of Egyptians currently languishing in the Kingdom's prisons without charge.

Following reports that El-Gizawi had recieved a one year prison sentence and a punishment of 20 lashes, Kindgom officials denied these claims, stating that the Egyptian lawyer was arrested by Saudi authorities after being found in possession of more than 21,000 pills of anti-depressant drug Xanax, trade in which is proscribed in the Kingdom.

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Hesham Agag
29-04-2012 12:22am
Upside pyramid
Who should apologise the criminal or the victim?
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28-04-2012 09:39pm
It's a shame that the representative of 85 million Egytptians should apologise for 1 person! Who the hell is the King of Saudi Arabia! Does Egyptian cabinet see the king as Caliph or what!
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29-04-2012 03:36pm
no surprise
saudi is due to give Egypt aid at end of this month, thats why they are saying sorry

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