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Egypt summons European envoys over human rights criticism

Friday, 14 March 2014 - 8:47am IST | Place: Cairo | Agency: IANS

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The Egyptian foreign ministry on Thursday summoned a number of European ambassadors here to protest those states which signed a statement criticising human rights in Egypt, state media reported.

"The aim was to send them a strong message of protest against the statement and to clarify that such a position, if not corrected, will greatly harm bilateral relations between those states and Egypt," Xinhua quoted assistant foreign minister for European affairs Hatem Seif-al-Nasr as telling MENA agency.

As many as 28 states gathered in Geneva last week during the current session of the UN Human Rights Council, including the US, Britain, France and Germany, and they denounced the use of "lethal force" by the Egyptian security forces against supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi was ousted by the military last July after mass protests against his one-year rule. The ouster was followed by a massive security crackdown on his loyalists.

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