June 30 revolution in Egypt milestone, country's stability vital for Arab world: UAE official

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-30 20:56:31|Editor: Zhou Xin
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DUBAI, June 30 (Xinhua) -- An United Arab Emirates (UAE) official praised on Friday in several tweets "the Egyptian revolution on June 30," referring to anti-government demonstrations in Cairo which led to the overthrow of Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, 2013.

On the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the day, Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs tweeted "The revolution of the Egyptian people on June 30 is an important step in restoring the balance ... and despite of the difficulty of the path of stability and prosperity, popular support remains the largest balance."

In 2015, June 30 was declared an annual public holiday in Egypt. June 30 was essential for the region, Gargash pointed out in his series of statements in social media.

"We won't be able to maintain the Arab world without success of Egypt and without its stability and development," he tweeted.

The Muslim Brotherhood movement, organized in the "Freedom and Justice Party," under then Islamist Morsi was removed on July 3, 2013 by Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who later was elected president in May 2014.

After the events, the Muslim Brotherhood has been forbidden and branded a terrorist organization in Egypt by the al-Sisi administration, a move that is backed by most Arab Gulf states around Saudi Arabia.

As a staunch Saudi ally, Egypt has joined Saudi Arabia, along with Bahrain and the UAE in cutting diplomatic relations with Qatar on June 5 and thereafter imposing an air, sea and land transport embargo against the gas-rich fellow Gulf state, accusing it of harboring and supporting Muslim Brotherhood insurgents in Egypt and elsewhere.