Egypt recalls ambassador to Tunisia

Cairo, Sep 29 (IANS) Egypt recalled its ambassador to Tunisia Ayman Mesharrafa, in response to the Tunisian president's demand of releasing ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

The Egyptian interim government Saturday recalled its ambassador from Tunisia for "consultations", reported Xinhua quoting Egypt's official news agency MENA.

At the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly Thursday, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki called for the release of Morsi and other political prisoners in Egypt.

Egypt's foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday that the content of Marzouki's speech contradicted with reality and was against the will of the Egyptian people.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly Saturday, Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Morsi had been ousted by the people's will, state-run al-Ahram online reported.

"Egyptians have a clear, ambitious vision that requires a systematic work plan within a timeframe, which shall be successful by allowing all peaceful political forces (to participate)," Fahmy said in his speech.

Morsi, overthrown by the armed forces July 3 in response to nationwide protests, has been held in a secret location and is facing charges of inciting violence and killing protesters.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood leading figures have been arrested since Morsi was toppled.

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