The circumstances of the hanging of Saddam Hussein have turned the former Iraqi leader into a martyr, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has said.
Mr Mubarak said the unofficial pictures that emerged of the event were revolting and barbaric.
The chaotic scenes at the execution, during which Saddam was taunted, have been condemned across the world.
Egypt is a key regional ally of the US and one of only two Arab states to have signed a peace deal with Israel.
Mr Mubarak also revealed that he had sent a message to US President George W Bush to urge him not to allow the execution to take place during the Eid al-Adha, the Islamic feast that marks the end of the Hajj.