Egypt urges global support for crackdown
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Egypt's army-backed government pleaded Saturday for support for its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, warning that the world must not justify "terrorism."
Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy made his appeal in a speech at the annual United Nations General Assembly as hundreds of flag-waving protesters staged a noisy rally against him outside the global body's headquarters.
Mr Fahmy said that Egyptians "have the right" to carry out a political roadmap announced after the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Mursi and urged "non-interference" from the outside world.
"I trust that the international community, which has long rejected terrorism, will firmly stand by the Egyptian people in the fight against violence and its advocates, and will not accept any attempt to justify it, or tolerate it," Mr Fahmy said.