Officials said Saudi Arabia has filed a formal protest against the
Egyptian government for an attack on the kingdom's embassy in Cairo. They
said Saudi ambassador Ahmed Abdul Aziz Katan provided a video of the recent
"This was an attack on Saudi sovereign land," Katan said.
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The Saudi ambassador did not say when the attack took place. This marked
the second attack by Egyptians on a foreign embassy over the last month, the
first on the Israeli embassy on Sept. 10.
Katan has sent the video of the attack on the embassy to Egypt's
attorney general. The ambassador said unidentified assailants stormed the
diplomatic compound, smashed windows, destroyed a fence and torched Saudi
In a statement, Katan called on the military regime in Cairo to
investigate the attack. He said the Saudi kingdom has sought to preserve
diplomatic and other relations with Egypt.
Under President Hosni Mubarak, ousted in February, Riyad was a
leading ally of Cairo. The Saudi leadership was said to have angered the
Egyptian opposition by Riyad's strong support for Mubarak.