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Iran Extends Condolences For Morsi's Death To 'Egyptian Nation' And 'His Supporters'

EGYPT -- Egyptian ousted Islamist president Muhammad Morsi, wearing a red uniform, gestures from behind the bars during his trial in Cairo at the police academy, April 23, 2016

The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom.

Iran is extending condolences to the Egyptian nation over the death of Egypt's ousted former president, Mohammed Morsi.

The Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, says in a statement that, "while respecting the viewpoints of the great and brave Egyptian nation, the Islamic Republic of Iran offers its condolences to the Egyptian people, as well as Morsi's family and supporters."

Mousavi's statement added "wishes for divine blessing and mercy" for Morsi.

Morsi collapsed and died in a Cairo courtroom on Monday during a session in his trial on espionage charges.

Iran is an ally of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the Gaza Strip. Hamas is also part of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement but has taken measures in recent years to reconcile with the current Egyptian authorities.