Egypt 'closely following' unrest in US town of Ferguson
Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:00 AM
CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt said Tuesday it is closely following protests in the US town of Ferguson where troops have been deployed after racially charged unrest, echoing support for the right to hold peaceful demonstrations.
Egypt, which itself has been under international scrutiny for a deadly crackdown on protesters, is "closely following the escalation of protests in Ferguson and the reactions," foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said in a statement.
Abdelatty pointed to a statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for restraint.
Ban's remarks "represented the position of the international community towards these events, especially (Ban's) call for restraint and the right to peaceful assembly," Abdelatty said.
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