Former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa has taken back criticism is his new book on late former President Jamal Abdel Nasser.
In his book, which consists of memoirs, Moussa claimed that Abdel Nasser used to import special food from Switzerland as he was following a diet to decrease his weight.
Moussa’s statements sparked Nasserists’ anger, as such many rushed to defend the president.
In an interview with MBC Egypt on Tuesday, Moussa said that the late president was importing medication for his diabetes. The medication consisted of a medical nutritional diet, he added.
Moussa also referred to the criticism and controversy that bombarded this subject. He said that it was never crossed his mind that the late president’s nutrition would stir this much confusion.
He continued saying: “What’s so wrong in the president, who is a diabetic patient, asking for medical food to treat his illness?”
Moussa stressed that he sees no harm in the president importing food from outside the country. Especially when it was for medical reasons and the necessary materials weren’t found in Egypt at the time, he added.
Moussa then asked those who were the reason behind this controversy and confusion to apologize to late president’s family as he was an important part of Egypt’s history.
Meanwhile, Moussa also spoke on Abdel Nasser’s reign. He said that the president had a special status and his leadership only confirmed and reflected the Egyptian personality.
All of the state’s institutions worked under his administration for he was the man with the first and final decision, he added.
Amr Moussa retracts criticism on Abdel Nasser in new book