Egypt denounces TV host's ‘unprovoked’ anti-Morocco rant

Ahmed Ehab Gamal el-Din denounced al-Khayat's statements as “reprehensible and unacceptable by Egyptian people”

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The Egyptian embassy in Rabat apologized for the behavior of television host, Amany al-Khayat, after she criticized the kingdom of Morocco on air during her show, Al Arabiya News Channel reported Friday.

“All necessary measures [will be taken] to ensure that such incident would not be happen again,” Ahmed Ehab Gamal el-Din, Egypt’s ambassador to Morocco, said in a statement trying to calm the situation.

Gamal el-Din, which described al-Khayat's statements as an “unprovoked attack” ,said they were “reprehensible and unacceptable by Egyptian people.”

“What was said on air is not representative of the love and special ties between the two nations, with my full respect and appreciation to King Mohammed VI, the Government and people of Morocco,” Gamal el-Din said.

Last week, al-Khayat, who is a presenter with private television channel ONTV, aired a video of Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Gaza-based Islamist movement Hamas, asking for Moroccan help to liberate Palestine.

But Meshal’s appeal to distant Morocco - instead of Egypt next door - appeared to have angered the presenter, who then began a lengthy tirade against the North African kingdom live on television.

Khayat’s remarks were picked up by several Moroccan media outlets, prompting widespread anger in the North African kingdom.

After the incident, the presenter apologized praising Morocco and describing it as the land of “intellectuals” and telling viewers about how “deeply” she was influenced by Moroccan critic and philosopher Mohammed Abed al-Jaberi.

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