Publishe Date: 9:36 PM - 6/25/2013 | Print

Iranian, Egyptian FMs Discuss Syrian Crisis, Massacre of Shiites in Egypt

Politics - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr in a telephone conversation discussed the latest developments in Syria as well as the brutal killing of Shiite citizens in Egypt.

During the conversation on Tuesday, Salehi announced Iran's readiness for full cooperation with Egypt within the framework of the quadrilateral meetings among the officials of Tehran, Cairo, Ankara and Riyadh to discuss solutions to the Syrian crisis.

He also condemned the massacre of a number of Shiite Egyptians, and said, "We don’t want anything but good and stability of Egypt, but certain sides in the country are seeking to weaken and destabilize Egypt through fomenting clashes one day with the Christian community and the other day among Muslims."

Amr, for his part, underlined the necessity for holding a quadrilateral meeting among Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and welcomed Syria's readiness to enter the process of national dialogue.

He also deplored the recent crimes against Shiites in Egypt, and said, "We don’t allow seditionists to provoke sectarian and religious conflicts in the country and we will strongly confront those responsible for these acts."

Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi on Monday also condemned the brutal killing of four Shiites in the country, saying the culprits must be swiftly brought to justice.

Sunday's attack in the village of Zawiyet Abu Musalam, near the Pyramids of Giza, came as about 30 Shiites were having a meal to mark a religious occasion. Hundreds of young men descended on them in the house.

In online videos of the killings, young men armed with metal and wooden clubs, swords and machetes, beat the Shiites on the head and back, trapping them in the narrow entrance of the house.

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