Middle East

Egyptians detained in UAE treated 'well': Cairo envoy

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi (L) and his Foreign minister Mohammed Kamel Amr (R) talk during the 12th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on February 6, 2013 in Cairo. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

ABU DHABI: Egyptian detainees held in the UAE over suspected links with President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood are being treated "well" in the Gulf country, Cairo's envoy said on Sunday.

"The Egyptian detainees are being treated well in accordance with the UAE laws," Emirati state news agency WAM quoted Egypt's ambassador to Abu Dhabi Tamer Mansur as saying, adding that they were receiving proper medical care.

"None of the detainees who are being interrogated has been subjected to any psychological or physical pressure," he added.

Last month, local media reported that UAE authorities had arrested 11 Egyptians residing in the country on suspicions of links to the Brotherhood.

The case has sparked a sharp deterioration of relations between Abu Dhabi and Cairo which were already under strain since Brotherhood candidate Mursi's election as president last June.

Mansur said that the detainees have been allowed to contact their families by telephone.

The Gulf country, where membership of political parties is banned, has rejected a request from Egypt for the release of its nationals.





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