Iran: Morsi overthrow 'improper'

Published July 07, 2013

| Associated Press

Iran, in its first official reaction to the toppling of Egypt's democratically elected president by the military, is calling the move "improper."

A Sunday report by official IRNA news agency quotes foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi also saying that supporters of Mohammed Morsi should not give up in their quest to reinstate him. He also said the presidency should not be decided by "the streets."

"Islamists and revolutionaries should not be frustrated," said Araghchi. "Arab Spring can be followed by warm summer and cold winter," too.

Araghchi did not call the move a "coup."

Morsi ended more than three decades of diplomatic estrangement with Iran that dated back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

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