The European Parliament has adopted a resolution
calling for the immediate release of Egyptian opposition politician Ayman Nour, imprisoned on charges of falsifying documents.
Cairo summoned ambassadors from all 27 EU countries to complain about the parliament’s criticism of Egypt’s record on human
Rights groups say the Egyptian authorities violate human rights routinely, especially through long detentions without charge and through the abuse of people in detention.
Egypt said it “rejects the resolution”, and that it “will have negative effects on Egyptian-European relations”.
A senior European diplomat said the disagreement would not affect plans for a meeting of an EU-Egypt subcommittee on political matters, scheduled to take place next week.