Egypt's FM says deaths of Mexicans 'regrettable'

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry says the killing of eight Mexican tourists, mistakenly slain by Egyptian forces while on a desert safari earlier this week, was a "regrettable" incident.

Shoukry, who spoke during a press conference Monday with his visiting Mexican counterpart, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, stopped short of an apology for the attack, which also wounded six Mexican tourists.

Egypt's top diplomat expressed his "regret for the unfortunate circumstances surrounding" Riuz Massieu's visit and reiterated the Egyptian government's "deepest sympathy, regret and condolences to the government and people of Mexico."

Shoukry would not provide details of the events that lead to the death of the Mexicans, only saying it would have to wait for the full details of the investigation.