Egypt Outraged Over Reports Minister Watched Soccer Game With Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry after giving a joint statement prior to their meeting at his Jerusalem office on July 10, 2016. Shoukry met Netanyahu in Jerusalem for talks on reviving peace efforts with the Palestinians, in the first such visit …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: The Egyptian government on Thursday issued a denial that its foreign minister and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had watched the Euro 2016 soccer final together in Jerusalem after the premier posted a photo of occurrence on social media, according to Iranian state news agency Press TV.

The denial was issued following a fierce backlash from the Egyptian public, targeting Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s apparent fraternizing with the Israeli leader.

A spokesperson for Egypt’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement shortly thereafter saying that Shoukry had merely stumbled into the living room where the game was playing while visiting the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

“Netanyahu brought a cameraman to record everything that was happening,” the spokesperson claimed in the statement. “The Egyptian foreign minister doesn’t watch soccer games during a formal and important visit such as this.”

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