Egypt's president warned regional adversaries on Wednesday that he would not tolerate what he called their tampering his country's security and stability, a reference to Iran and the Hizbullah guerrilla group that it supports.
President Hosni Mubarak's comments were his strongest words of warning since Egypt accused the powerful Lebanese group of plotting attacks in the country, and were also meant to send a strong message to the group's backers in Iran.
Egypt announced earlier this month that it had uncovered a plot by 49 men with links to Hizbullah to destabilize the country by carrying out attacks on Egyptian institutions and Israeli tourists.
Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah has rejected the accusations, while admitting that a Hizbullah member was in Egypt supervising weapons shipments to the Palestinian group Hamas that controls the neighboring Gaza Strip.
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