The Secretary-General of the Arab League has left Cairo for an international tour in order to drum up support for the military coup in Egypt and try to convince people that it was a "popular revolution". Dr Nabil Elaraby said that he intends to "clarify" the situation to foreign leaders.
"I have started contacting a number of officials from international organisations, as well as other figures," he told Al-Ahram newspaper, "and will continue this during my visit to Austria where I will present the truth about what happened in Egypt." He said that this has been the first popular revolution with the largest gathering of people in history. "Everyone," he insisted, "must understand the exceptional circumstances Egypt is going through."
The Arab League chief explained that during his tour he will call for international support for Egypt and its "leaders" so that they can complete the steps of this "sensitive transitional phase". This, he noted, will help them to implement their "roadmap" for Egypt's future.