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Algeria summons Egyptian envoy over remarks on 1992 army coup

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Algeria on Monday requested Egypt's ambassador to the country to clarify a statement, in which he allegedly implied that the Algerian army staged a coup in 1992.

Algerian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ammar Balani said the ministry summoned Ezzeddine Fahmi, Egypt's envoy, and requested that he explain remarks attributed to him in the Algerian press last Thursday.

According to Algerian media, during a press conference on Thursday, Fahmi said: "There is a difference between what happened in Algeria in 1992 and what (recently) happened in Egypt.”

“The Egyptian army's intervention is not a coup," Fahmi reportedly said in reference to Islamist President Mohammad Mursi's overthrow almost two weeks ago following mass oppositional protests, which prompted a military decision to topple him, install an interim cabinet and scrap the constitution.

He was also reported to have said that the move to oust Mursi put Egypt’s January 25, 2011 revolution, which topples former president Hosni Mubarak, on the “right track.”

The envoy, however, recently denied the statements attributed to him and said he did not make "offensive comments" against Algeria.

He also clarified what he had said regarding the Algeria’s 1992 events, in which the army intervened to cancel the electoral process after the Islamic Salvation Front won the elections, sparking violence across the country.

According to him, a journalist had asked him to compare between happened in Algeria in 1992 and what happened in Egypt in regards to army intervention.

Fahmi said he responded to the question by saying: "Each country is individual in its political paths. Events don’t have to be transferred from one country to another."

"It's not necessary to repeat a country's experience in another country. But what's important is to learn from the mistakes of some experiences," Fahmi added.