SA may recall Egypt ambassador - report

2013-07-14 10:05
Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi shout slogans during a rally in support of the former Islamist leader outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (File, AFP)

Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi shout slogans during a rally in support of the former Islamist leader outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town - International Relations Ministers Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has said South Africa may recall its ambassador to Egypt because it views the overthrow of former president Mohammed Morsi as a coup.

The Sunday Times reported Nkoana-Mashabane as saying: "If it means recalling our ambassador, we will do that. But if we think she should remain there observing what's going on in order to help fast-track returning Egypt to democratic and constitutional normalcy, we will do that."

"Our position was ... that which took place in Egypt is a military coup," she said.

South Africa has recalled nonessential staff from its embassy in Cairo but ambassador Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya remains in the city.

On the day of the overthrow, South Africa summoned the Egyptian ambassador to the country to a meeting. Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa had emphasised its view that Morsi and his Islamist Muslim Brotherhood had not been given sufficient time to implement the promises made when he took over from former leader Hosni Mubarak.

"We have never come across any government anywhere in the world that delivers on an election mandate in 12 months and the mandate is five years," she said.
Read more on:    maite nkoana-mashabane  |  mohammed morsi  |  egypt  |  egypt protests  |  north africa  |  coup  |  egypt conflict

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