News

Egypt Protests Saudi Arabian OIC Chief’s ‘Sisi Fridge Mockery’

Egypt Protests Saudi Arabian OIC Chief’s ‘Sisi Fridge Mockery’

Ministry_of_Foreign_Affairs_of_Egypt_Cairo

Egypt officially submitted a note of protest over the “regrettable way” in which the Organization of Islamic Countries’ chief referred to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi during a conference in Tunisia.

The OIC Chief, Eyad Madny, accidentally referred to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi as Beji Caid Al-Sisi. Recognizing his mistake, Madny, who is also a Saudi Arabian Minister, chuckled before stating “that was a horrible mistake.”

“I am sure your fridges have more than water,” continued Madny.

The statement was in reference to an earlier one made by President Sisi during the National Youth Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh. President Sisi, recognizing high prices in the country, told guests at the conference that “the person here talking is one of you.”

“I swear to God, I lived for 10 years with nothing but water in my fridge,” said Sisi, adding that this was despite him coming from a well-off family.

On Friday, Madny’s comments were strongly rejected in Egyptian media and by the Egyptian government.

“Egypt has been informed of the apology of the OIC secretary general for his words, and will follow up with the organization to decide the measures that should be taken to correct the matter,” said the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a statement, implying that the OIC chief had apologized.

Egypt’s relationship with Saudi Arabia has been frosty since Egypt voted in favour of two resolutions at the UN Security Council. The resolutions, concerning the conflict in Syria, were separately proposed by Russia and France. Saudi Arabia condemned Egypt’s decision to vote in favour of the Russian resolution, but Egypt said it was simply looking for the Syrian people’s best interests.

Despite reports of a rift, Egypt and Saudi Arabia affirmed that their relationship remains strong.

15 Killed, Dozens Injured as Heavy Rains and Flooding Strike Egypt
Egypt Wins UN Human Rights Council Seat

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt’s Sisi Makes ‘First Step’ in Recognizing Armenian Genocide: ANCE

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 19, 2019

Uber Egypt Will Start Paying Value-Added Tax to Appease White Taxi Drivers

Nour EltiganiFebruary 19, 2019

Explosion Behind Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 18, 2019

Photojournalist Shawkan’s Release Procedures Supposedly Underway

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 18, 2019

Apple and Google Urged to Remove Saudi App ‘Absher’ for Tracking Women

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 18, 2019

Egyptian Parliament Member Encourages Egyptian Students in Sudan to Come Back Home

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 18, 2019

Egypt’s New Capital to Be First ‘Cashless’ City in the Country

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 17, 2019

Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Education Launch a Campaign For Anemia, Dwarfism and Obesity

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 17, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.