Iran concerned about ssurge of violence in Egypt
Iran is concerned about the surge of violence as a result of conflict between security forces and demonstrators in Egypt, a senior Iranian official says, Press TV reported on Jan. 4.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Marzieh Afkham on Saturday said Tehran has been monitoring the recent developments in Egypt that led to the death and injury of a number of Egyptians.
Afkham also expressed regret over the increase in number of conflicts between Egyptian security forces and demonstrators.
The Iranian official urged both parties to maintain peace in the country, adding that Tehran advocates resolving disagreements through national dialogue and in a peaceful manner.
Egypt has been hit by a wave of protests since the Egyptian army overthrew elected President Mohamed Morsi, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament in July.
Egypt's interim government is conducting a heavy-handed crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been leading protests against the army-installed rulers since Morsi's ouster on July 3, 2013.
Hundreds of people have since been killed in the wave of violent clashes between Morsi supporters, his opponents and security forces.
Earlier this month, the Egyptian military-backed government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The movement has categorically rejected the accusation.