World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt accused Iran on Thursday of "unacceptable interference" in its domestic affairs for having criticised the Egyptian army's removal of elected president Mohamed Mursi last week.
The incident signalled a return to cooler relations between the two Middle Eastern powers after an attempt at rapprochement under Mursi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Iran on Monday called the ousting of Mursi after mass protests against him a "cause for concern" and suggested that "foreign hands" were at work in the Arab state.
Egypt shot back on Thursday, expressing "extreme discontent" with the Islamic Republic's comments and saying they reflected a "lack of precise knowledge of the nature of the democratic developments Egypt is witnessing".
"This represents unacceptable interference in Egypt's internal affairs," the foreign ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page. Egypt made similar remarks to Turkey after its government criticised Mursi's ouster.
Relations between Egypt and Iran broke down after the 1979 Iranian revolution, when Egypt gave sanctuary to the deposed shah. Many Egyptians harbour strong feelings against Iran.
Mursi tried to improve ties after he was elected in 2012. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Cairo in February, the first visit by an Iranian leader in more than three decades.Last Mod: 11 Temmuz 2013, 11:58