Egypt calls on US to exercise restraint towards Missouri protests

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Aug 2014

Foreign ministry spokesperson says Egypt hopes US authorities will abide by international standards at protests over the murder of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri

Badr Abdel-Aty
Badr Abdel-Aty, foreign affairs ministry spokesman (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The Egyptian foreign ministry has said it is closely watching developments in the US city of Ferguson following clashes between security forces and protesters over the murder of African American teenager Mike Brown last week.

It has called on US authorities to exercise restraint and deal with the protests in accordance with US and international standards, foreign ministry spokesperson Ambassador Badr Abdel-Atti told state news agency MENA.

Abdel-Atti said Egypt was closely following reactions to the violence, including a statement by UN General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon, who demanded self-restraint and respect for the right to free assembly and expression.

The foreign ministry hopes investigations will reveal the truth about Mike Brown's murder, Abdel-Atti added.

Egyptian authorities were widely condemned for the killing of over six hundred pro-Mohamed Morsi protesters in Cairo and Giza in August 2013.

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