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Bosnian ambassador questioned over Rabaa sign

The ambassador received an objection memo after appearing in a picture with a Muslim Brotherhood delegation

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Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs questioned the Bosnian charge d’affaires in Cairo regarding the Rabaa sign gesture made by a prominent politician in Bosnia, the Egyptian daily news website al-Ahram reported Tuesday.

The Bosnian ambassador was handed an objection memo from Egypt, Badr Abdel Atti, the official Foreign Ministry spokesperson said during a press conference on Tuesday.

The note was issued after Bosnian politician Bakir Izetbegovic appeared in a picture with a delegation of the Muslim Brotherhood that he had welcomed in his office in Sarajevo on Monday.

Rabaa means “fourth” in Arabic, and the symbol was named after Rabaa al-Adawiya square, where the larger of the two pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins took place last year.

The four fingered salute and the iconic Black Hand on a yellow background have now become ubiquitous at rallies by Islamist former President Mohammad Mursi’s supporters.