Egypt expressed on Wednesday "strong disapproval" of Iran's reaction to the military-led overthrow of former president Mohammad Mursi.
“The ministry strongly disapproves of repeated statements issued by Iranian officials, which reflect an insufficient grasp on the nature of the democratic developments Egypt is currently witnessing," the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement, published by the state-owned Al Ahram.
Iranian Foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi urged Mursi’s supporters to continue their quest of reinstating him, adding that the presidency shouldn’t be elected by “the streets,” according to the official IRNA news agency.
“Islamists and revolutionaries should not be frustrated,” said Araghchi, adding that the “Arab Spring can be followed by warm summer and cold winter too,” he added.
Araghchi did not call the move a "coup."
Cairo said "such statements represent an unacceptable interference in Egypt's internal affairs," demanding that the Islamist Republic "focus on its own internal and external challenges instead of meddling in other countries' internal issues."