The German government condemned on Friday any comments that might damage the goal of Middle East peace as "unhelpful", when asked about remarks on Jews that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is reported to have made in 2010 when he was a Muslim Brotherhood leader.
"I will not comment on the remarks that have been attributed to Mr. Morsi," a spokesman for the German foreign ministry told a news conference ahead of a visit by President Mursi to Germany next week.
"But for the German government it is clear that reducing tensions and working towards a long-term solution is the top priority in the Middle East. This applies not only to Egypt, but also to Egypt. Aggressive or hurtful comments from any side are unhelpful."
Last month, a video dated 2010 surfaced showing Morsi making harsh statements against Israel when he served as the Muslim Brotherhood's official spokesman. In the video, Morsi described "Zionists" as "blood suckers" "warmongers" and "descendants of apes and pigs."
A video showed Morsi saying, "The Palestinian Authority was created by the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing the will of the Palestinian people and its interests.
"No reasonable person can expect progress on this track. Either (you accept) the Zionists and everything they want, or else there is war. This is what the occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood suckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, these descendants of apes and pigs.