Egypt's president-elect to sue Iranian agency over 'fabricated' interview
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||28 June 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Egypt's president-elect to sue Iranian agency over 'fabricated' interview, 28 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4ff6aa4c1f.html [accessed 12 March 2014]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
June 28, 2012
The office of Egyptian President-elect Muhammad Morsi says it will file a lawsuit against Iran's Fars news agency for fabricating an interview with Morsi after the announcement of his victory.
In the purported interview, which Fars published this week, Morsi was quoted as saying he wants to improve ties between Egypt and Iran.
Morsi's spokesman, Yasser Ali, says the president-elect "was never interviewed" by the Iranian agency and that the interview was "fabricated."
Iran has hailed the election of Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate in Egypt's recent election, as an "Islamic awakening."
Iran and Egypt had strained relations during the 30-year regime of ousted Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak, in part due to Egypt's landmark peace deal with Iranian rival Israel.
Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP