Mubarak's non-apology

It's come after several protests in Iraq, the cancellation of flights between Cairo and Baghdad, and Iraqi boycott of an Arab League meeting:
"My remarks about Shiites dealt with their religious loyalties and sympathies, without putting into question the patriotism of Shiites in Iraq or any other country," Mubarak said in an interview Saturday in the official daily Akhbar al-Youm.
Thanks, Hosni.
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