Egypt summons Iran's charge d'affaires

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Egypt on Monday summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires in Cairo to protest over recent Iranian statements on Egypt, the foreign ministry said, Reuters reported.

Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said last Saturday that her country was worried by the recent escalation in violence between Egypt's army and protesters supporting former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

At least 17 people were killed on Friday in clashes between the police and supporters of Mursi, who was ousted by the army in July. "The Iranian comments were an unacceptable interference in Egypt's internal affairs," said Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty.

Egypt's relationship with Iran improved markedly during Mursi's one-year rule, after decades of broken diplomatic and political ties between the two majority Muslim states.

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