Venezuela withdraws envoy from Cairo

Venezuela withdraws envoy from Cairo
Sat Aug 17, 2013 08:38:39

Venezuela has decided to withdraw its ambassador from Cairo in a bid to show its opposition to the current developments in Egypt.

On Friday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered his ambassador to withdraw from Cairo and called for the reinstatement of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Maduro also said that the United States and Israel were behind Morsi's ouster last month.

“We have witnessed a blood bath in Egypt...We warned that the coup against Morsi was unconstitutional. Morsi was kidnapped and the responsible party for what is occurring in Egypt is the empire, which has its hands in it," he said.

"The United States doesn't have friends, it has interests, and what it wants is to control the planet,” Maduro added.

The Venezuelan president condemned the violence in Egypt and urged the restoration of constitutional order in the country.

"We are against a bloodbath in Egypt, it is a setback that is going to cost a lot to our brothers, the Arabic people," Maduro said.

Egypt has faced international condemnation over the death of hundreds of people who were killed on Wednesday when the security forces cleared protest camps set up by pro-Morsi supporters to demonstrate against his ouster.

On Friday, tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters across the country took part in what the party called the "Day of Rage" against the army and its handpicked government.

The security forces and opponents of the Brotherhood opened fire on Morsi supporters, leaving more than 100 people dead and hundreds more injured in the demonstrations.

Tension has intensified in Egypt since July 3, when army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi removed Morsi from office, suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.


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