Egypt: Freedom Party MP lacks respect

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The Egyptian foreign ministry says Freedom Party MP Raymond de Roon was denied a visa because he made insulting statements about the Egyptian people.

The parliamentary foreign affairs committee on Tuesday announced it had cancelled a planned visit to Egypt because Mr De Roon, one of its members, had been denied a visa. The committee was scheduled to visit Egypt in connection with the upcoming parliamentary elections. The incident prompted Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal to ask the Egyptian ambassador for an explanation.

Egypt says Mr De Roon was denied a visa because the Freedom Party MP said that the Copts, a Christian minority, are the victims of ethnic cleansing. Cairo also pointed to the Freedom Party’s well-known hostile attitude toward Islam.


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