Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Ahmed Sadek on Tuesday ordered an urgent investigation into a story published by the New York Times that he said would harm security and public peace. The article claimed that Egypt and other Arab countries support the decision by US president Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The article “undermines Egypt’s security and public peace, and harms the country’s public interest” the prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, said in a statement.
On Sunday, Cairo denied allegations in the NYT report, which suggested that Egypt implicitly accepted Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, contrary to what it said to the public.
The US-based newspaper published the report on Saturday, indicating that it had obtained sound recordings of an Egyptian intelligence officer, named as Ashraf al-Kholi, speaking with senior media sources to urge them to downplay the US decision.
Egypt’s pro-government media and parliament denied the claims and denounced the article. They reiterated that Egypt officially supports a future Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
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