It seems that Ahmadinejad’s trip to Egypt is not going as well as he expected.
According to Israel’s Maariv newspaper, after leaving a Shiite mosque in Cairo this evening, a person believed to be a Syrian threw an object towards him. Upon closer inspection it looks like a shoe.
Ahmadinejad was not hit. The attacker was arrested by Egyptian security forces.
This comes following a dressing down which he received from Egypt’s top Sunni scholar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb earlier today.
The Sheikh who told Ahmadinejad that:
“his country must give full rights to Sunnis living in Iran and refrain from interfering in the affairs of Gulf Arab states.”
Ahmadinejad left Iran after one of the most bruising domestic battles with his rival parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani which took place in full glare of the public in Iran’s parliament two days ago.
He probably though that Cairo would be a nice break away from all the problems at home. It has not exactly turned out that way.
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You can see the video of this evening’s shoe incident here: