Iran calls situation in Mauritania worrisome

TEHRAN, Aug. 9 (MNA) – Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Ghashghavi on Saturday called the recent developments in Mauritania worrisome and said peace should be established once again in northwestern African country.

“The internal developments in Mauritania are worrisome and surprising to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Ghashghavi said in a statement.


He went on to say the sides should respect people’s votes and “Iran urges the restoration of power to the representatives of Mauritanian people.”


Army troops ousted Mauritania's President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi in a military coup last Wednesday after he tried to sack senior army officers accused of being behind a political crisis destabilizing the country, AFP reported.


The president was arrested after military convoys rolled through the capital Nouakchott and took over the presidential palace and the prime minister's office.


The African Union condemned the coup. At the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he "deeply regrets" the coup and called for "the restoration of constitutional order".











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