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Egypt Outraged Over Reports Minister Watched Soccer Game With Netanyahu

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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