By Julian Pecquet - 04/16/13 04:28 PM EDT
The Freedom and Justice Party condemned the Boston attacks in an official English language statement, but el-Erian’s rambling post is all but certain to enrage lawmakers who have long pushed for cutting aid to Egypt.
The party said they “categorically” rejected the “intolerable” attack, claiming it violated the principles of Islamic Sharia law.
“The FJP offers heartfelt sympathies and solemn condolences to the American people and the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,” the group said.
President Mohammed Morsi was the Freedom and Justice Party's candidate in last year's election before leaving the party after winning election.
Morsi's office and the Egyptian embassy in Washington had not issued any statements on the attack as of Tuesday morning. A number of other Muslim countries, by contrast, rushed to offer their condolences, including Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and innocent people injured at the Boston Marathon yesterday. We condemn this heinous act in the strongest possible terms,” Afghan Ambassador Eklil Hakimi said in a statement.
“This kind of deplorable violence is all too familiar to my fellow Afghans. We cannot let these cowardly acts diminish our resilience and drive towards a better tomorrow for all. United in our mutual pursuits, Afghans will continue to work with our American partners to combat violence around the world.”