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Iran Downplays Ahmadinejad Shoe Attack in Egypt

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Iran's foreign ministry on Wednesday downplayed an incident in Cairo in which a protester tried to throw a shoe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying it did not indicate Egypt's official stance towards Tehran.

"What is important to us is the behavior of Egyptian officials and the nation, who respect the Islamic republic as a major power," the ISNA news agency quoted ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.

On Tuesday evening, Iranian President Ahmadinejad was booed by a man who also tried to throw his shoe at him as he left Cairo's al-Hussein mosque following prayers.

The man, identified as a "Syrian opposition" member by ISNA, also pushed a bodyguard but he was quickly dealt with and Ahmadinejad was able to enter his car.

At the scene, four youths waved placards scrawled with slogans against Iran over its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in its 22-month conflict with rebels.

Ahmadinejad, unfazed by the incident, termed it a "minor issue".

Talking to Egyptian media late Tuesday, the president said: "There might be some opposition in both countries who disturb the atmosphere... by prejudice and some actions," the official IRNA news agency reported.

Ahmadinejad, the first Iranian president to visit Cairo in more than 30 years, was given a red-carpet welcome by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi when he arrived on Tuesday.

Comments 1
Thumb geha 06 February 2013, 17:32

Egyptian leaders signed a truth with Israel but Egyptians never accepted that, and boycotted their merchandise.
Egyptians will not accept Iranians just the same.